Where Have All the Great Composers Gone?

By |2020-10-19T14:40:47-05:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, Featured, History, Music|Tags: |

Surely, there will be composers who will once again build upon the past and upon each other’s work, creating beautiful new melodies and nobly redefined forms. Eventually, a genius will appear who, like Mozart, will owe almost everything to those who went before him. In each nation of importance for Western music during the first [...]

The Promises and Perils of Christian Politics

By |2019-05-07T09:24:29-05:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Featured, Politics, RAK, Religion, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Is there such a thing as a Christian polity? T.S. Eliot raised the right questions about such matters, on the eve of the Second World War, and offered some answers; but, as Eliot put it at another time, there are no lost causes because there are no gained causes.[1] Every generation fights the same battles [...]

The Conservative Constitution

By |2016-03-05T23:33:57-06:00March 5th, 2016|Categories: Books, Constitution, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

The Conservative Constitution by Russell Kirk A nation’s constitution can be created overnight, claimed Clinton Rossiter incautiously at a symposium over thirty years ago. Witness, he continued, the guiding instruments composed by several European countries shortly after each of the two world wars. Present at that same symposium, Russell Kirk answered Rossiter’s statement with a [...]

Flannery O’Connor: Gifts of Meaning & Mystery

By |2019-12-12T13:57:51-06:00December 20th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Featured, Fiction, Flannery O'Connor, Glenn Arbery, Literature, Religion, South, Wyoming Catholic College|Tags: |

Toward the end of her life, Flannery O’Connor was often asked to speak about being a Southerner, as though this were a peculiar condition in need of explanation. In “The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South,” a composite essay published from two of her last public talks, she sums up what she thinks of her [...]

Keeping Ronald Reagan Alive in an Age of Impulse and Amnesia

By |2021-02-14T15:33:05-06:00August 9th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Ronald Reagan|Tags: |

Ronald Reagan’s personal qualities do not fully explain his appeal to American conservatives. Reagan gained their favor not so much because of his personality and communication skills but because conservatives liked and believed what he said. His message was more important than the messenger. Perhaps the most important fact to assimilate about modern American conservatism [...]

Communitarianism and the Federal Idea

By |2019-12-17T10:47:50-06:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Community, Featured, Federalism|Tags: |

The communitarian movement has arisen as an effort to address the evident and growing deficiencies of modern liberalism, which seems unable to think beyond the sovereign autonomy of rights-bearing individuals. But communitarianism has considerable deficiencies of its own. In particular, there is its propensity to use the language of “community” as a form of mood [...]

How to Read Willmoore Kendall

By |2020-01-16T11:07:01-06:00March 28th, 2015|Categories: Books, George W. Carey, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: |

Willmoore Kendall Contra Mundum. By Willmoore Kendall. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1971. 640 pp. When writing about Willmoore Kendall a strong temptation exists to deal with the man, not his teachings or theory. This I have always felt to be a shame, and, at times, a deliberate dodge because the reviewer or commentator [...]

The Kindle and a Warning from Plato

By |2019-12-13T13:58:23-06:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: Books, Classics, Education, Featured, Plato, Technology|Tags: |

The written word has obviously been crucial to the preservation and development of Western civilization. Without the invention of the alphabet and the printing press, or the widespread use of writing, you would not have access to the minds of those who contributed to Western thought. Considering that you live in a culture sculpted and hewn [...]

The Good, the True, & the Postmodern

By |2015-02-04T16:51:25-06:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Modernity|Tags: , , |

With the exception of a few figures like Professor Peter Augustine Lawler, who is a self-identified “postmodern conservative,” conservatives are generally suspicious of the word “postmodern.” I think this aversion is uncalled for, and that the interests of a broadly-understood postmodernity align with many of conservatism’s central tenets. Critics such as William Lane Craig have [...]

The Transcendentals of a Touchdown

By |2016-02-12T15:28:03-06:00February 1st, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Fr. James Schall, Sports|Tags: |

Tensions tighten and raucous roars of excitement permeate America as football fans eagerly await this year’s Super Bowl. Fans have watched the playoffs intrigued as games unfold, awaiting the final score to see which team will advance to the final game. Some scorn the passion and obsession people have with a “trivial” game. And in [...]

Policing the World

By |2019-10-10T13:08:29-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Constitution, History, Republicanism, Statesman|Tags: , , |

Review in your memory the main episodes of nineteenth-century history and you will see how American statesmen stayed the course. Jefferson, for all his wild talk in favor of the French Revolution, announced in his inaugural, “We are all Federalists; we are all Republicans,” pledged “no entangling alliances,” clung to neutrality in the Napoleonic Wars, [...]

The Tracking Revolution

By |2015-01-02T10:52:08-06:00December 29th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Featured, Liberty, Technology|Tags: |

It is hard not to think of ourselves as the users of technology, especially since technology forms a core part of the image of our freedom. Liberty and freedom are things that we have. Depending what definition we use, liberty describes a natural faculty to do what we want, denotes the absence of external impediments, [...]

Is Cleanliness Next To Godliness?

By |2016-02-12T15:28:04-06:00December 16th, 2014|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton|Tags: |

“He [the new priest] also kept it differently, scouring away the blood after each slaughter and sprinkling fresh water; it smelled cleaner and less holy.” —C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces They say cleanliness is next to godliness. They, as “they” usually are, are wrong. G.K. Chesterton reminds us that saints can afford to [...]

Ambition and the Noble Soul

By |2019-10-30T14:15:44-05:00December 14th, 2014|Categories: Education, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

In a recent essay, Mark Shiffman notes that in the fiercely competitive but nonetheless gloomy context in which university students find themselves, many opt to “major in fear.” Fear that they will not find work or pay off student loans. Fear of lost opportunities or moving home with mom and dad. Consequently, Mr. Shiffman states, [...]

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