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The Conservative Constitution

By |2016-03-05T23:33:57-05:00March 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 [...]

Flannery O’Connor: Gifts of Meaning & Mystery

By |2019-03-19T17:42:29-05:00December 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 [...]

The Plague of Multiculturalism

By |2015-12-11T13:45:59-05:00October 25th, 2015|Categories: Culture, England, Featured, Roger Scruton, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

America’s British Culture, by Russell Kirk. (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1993) The word “culture” is used in many senses. Advocates of the multicultural curriculum cheerfully assume that they and their readers know exactly what is meant by such a thing, and that all would agree in recognizing the “monocultural” nature of our traditional education. [...]

Keeping Reagan Alive in an Age of Impulse and Amnesia

By |2015-08-22T08:17:44-05:00August 9th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Ronald Reagan|Tags: |

Perhaps the most important fact to assimilate about modern American conservatism is that it is not, and has never been, monolithic. It is a coalition with many points of origin and diverse tendencies, not always easy to reconcile. And because of this fact, there has long been a felt need among many conservatives to integrate [...]

Communitarianism and the Federal Idea

By |2019-04-02T15:59:52-05:00May 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 [...]

How to Read Willmoore Kendall

By |2015-03-28T17:47:53-05:00March 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. $11.95. 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 [...]

The Kindle and a Warning from Plato

By |2015-05-27T13:22:35-05:00February 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 [...]

The Good, the True, & the Postmodern

By |2015-02-04T16:51:25-05:00February 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 [...]

The Transcendentals of a Touchdown

By |2016-02-12T15:28:03-05:00February 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 [...]

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 [...]

The Tracking Revolution

By |2015-01-02T10:52:08-05:00December 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 [...]

Is Cleanliness Next To Godliness?

By |2016-02-12T15:28:04-05:00December 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 [...]

Ambition and the Noble Soul

By |2019-01-16T13:09:49-05:00December 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 [...]

Does the Constitution Create Community?

By |2019-07-30T15:30:51-05:00December 8th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, Community, Constitution, Featured|Tags: , |

Cokie Roberts, a celebrated radio and television commentator, once participated in a discussion concerning congressional term limits and commented on American solidarity (or the lack thereof). She stated, “We have nothing binding us together as a nation—no common ethnicity, history, religion or even language—except the Constitution and the institutions it created.” This is a [...]