Russell Kirk’s Imaginative Conservatism: “The Conservative Mind” at Sixty

By |2014-01-17T08:39:26-05:00October 14th, 2013|Tags: |

Ronald Reagan and Russell Kirk (This is one of a series The Imaginative Conservative is publishing in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Essays in the series may be found here.) President Barack Obama’s decisive electoral victory last November caused panic in some conservative circles. Questions about the continuing [...]

Robert Nisbet & The Quest for Community

By |2015-04-28T08:40:30-05:00March 9th, 2013|Tags: |

Featured Book: The Quest For Community, by Robert Nisbet, ranks high among the foundational works of post-war American conservatism. In it, Nisbet argued that the emergence of the “centralized territorial State” in the wake of the Middle Ages decisively impacted Western social organization. Nisbet was particularly sensitive to the rise of the “national community,” the total [...]

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver: Featured Book

By |2014-01-04T15:34:39-05:00February 25th, 2013|Tags: |

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver Ideas Have Consequences contributed significantly to the philosophical coherence of contemporary conservatism. Frank Meyer went so far as to say that “the publication of Ideas Have Consequences can well be considered the fons et origo (source and origin) of the contemporary American conservative movement.” For Mr. Meyer, what was [...]

Worth the Wait: Edmund Burke

By |2014-01-31T17:25:49-05:00January 12th, 2013|Tags: , |

Edmund Burke: Volume 1, 1730-1784 by F. P. Lock, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Thomas Copeland, the editor of The Correspondence of Edmund Burke and a central figure in Burke’s twentieth-century revival, once observed that of all the books written about Burke the most important was the work never written: his “official biography.” Unfortunately for posterity, Burke’s [...]

Judicial Branch Sabotages Democracy’s Framework

By |2014-01-22T11:22:14-05:00September 21st, 2012|Tags: |

Popular support for the Constitution as a mechanism capable of securing the blessings of liberty for all is on the decline. Frankly, each of our three branches of government has played a role in eroding the Constitution’s ability to maintain a nation conceived in liberty. Words like “arrogance,” “undermine,” “assault,” “trample,” even “usurp” are [...]