A Compass for Rediscovering the Permanent Things

By |2015-02-19T01:09:29-06:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Prospects for Conservatives, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Prospects for Conservatives: A Compass for Rediscovering the Permanent Things by Russell Kirk, with a new introduction by Bradley J. Birzer. Imaginative Conservative Books, 2013. Russell Kirk’s most spirited work, Prospects for Conservatives is a vigorous defense of an authentic, elevated conservatism in the tradition of Edmund Burke, John Adams, and Alexis de Tocqueville. Written in part as [...]

Bill de Blasio and the Spirit of Revolution

By |2015-01-03T00:10:50-06:00January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Revolution, Statesman|Tags: |

“On a sudden, the Earth yawns asunder, and amid Tartarean smoke, and glare of fierce brightness, rises Sansculottism, many-headed, fire-breathing, and asks: What think ye of me? Well may the buckram masks start together, terror-struck; ‘into expressive well-concerted groups!’ It is indeed, Friends, a most singular, most fatal thing.” Thus wrote Thomas Carlyle, reflecting upon [...]

Confronting the New Totalitarianism Starts at Home

By |2018-10-09T13:43:56-05:00September 7th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Morality, Western Civilization|Tags: |

Reports of depraved violence and unspeakable affronts to the dignity of human persons now dominate the twenty-four hour news cycle. From the intentional destruction of a commercial airliner by Russian-backed rebels to widespread beheadings and crucifixions in the Middle East, it appears as if the world is fast becoming a blood-soaked battlefield—a nihilistic wasteland commanded [...]

Progress and Progressives: Moving Beyond Antique Optimism

By |2015-05-19T23:10:16-05:00January 13th, 2014|Categories: Classics, Plato, Progressivism|Tags: |

To the classical philosophers, history was cyclical. J.B. Bury observed that thought in ancient Greece was dominated by the idea of cycles, and that time was itself the enemy of man to the degree it eroded the value of the corporeal world. Marcus Aurelius wrote that the rational human mind “stretches forth into the infinitude [...]

A Clockwork Obama

By |2013-11-14T06:22:34-06:00November 13th, 2013|Categories: Barack Obama, Books|Tags: |

In one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history, Alex DeLarge, a young, murderous convict, is strapped to a bed with his eyes propped open and forced to watch videos depicting horrific acts of violence. The sounds of his favorite musician, Beethoven, or “Ludwig van”, as Alex calls him, stream through the air. Part [...]

Conservatism and Ideological Politics

By |2018-12-22T22:09:14-06:00October 12th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Ideology|Tags: |

Conservatism prospered in the half-century following the Second World War, but following wide-spread rejection at the polls, substantial policy defeats, and ever-souring popularity, the time has come for conservatives to reexamine and reaffirm their first principles. In this year, which celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, conservatism faces an identity crisis [...]

Moral Visions of the Free Market

By |2019-07-23T10:43:34-05:00February 8th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Economics, Featured, Political Economy|Tags: , , |

Wealth, Poverty & Human Destiny
 edited by Doug Bandow and David Schindler For religious believers, the complicated issue of reconciling the free market with traditional morality is one of increasing importance as the ideology of capitalism gains unprecedented public support and globalization becomes unavoidable. The prospect of material triumph appears omnipresent, and the justifications for [...]

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