A Stroll With Albert Jay Nock

By |2019-10-08T17:42:04-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Conservatism, Culture, Education, History, Politics|Tags: , |

The trouble with our civilization, Albert Jay Nock declared, is that it makes exceedingly limited demands on the human spirit and the qualities that are distinctly and properly humane. We have been trying to live by mechanics alone, the mechanics of pedagogy, politics, industry, commerce. Instead of experiencing a change of heart, we bend [...]

The Elements of Leadership: Might, Measure, & Meaning

By |2019-06-06T12:18:22-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Featured, Leadership, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

Not only is a leader an agent of force and something of a philosopher, but he must also be a kind of corporate prophet… The philosopher Eric Voegelin labored for many years in relative obscurity until his death in 1985. Even now his disciples are drawn largely from conservative academe, which is so marginal [...]

Liberal Learning, Moral Worth, and Defecated Rationality

By |2019-10-10T14:56:46-05:00January 7th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Education, Featured, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Moral Imagination, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

At best, what the typical college has offered its students, in recent decades, has been defecated rationality. By that term I mean a narrow rationalism or logicalism, purged of theology, moral philosophy, symbol and allegory, tradition, reverence, and the wisdom of our ancestors. This defecated rationality is the exalting of private judgment and hedonism [...]

The Achievement of Russell Kirk

By |2018-01-01T12:15:33-06:00December 31st, 2017|Categories: Books, Conservatism, History, Imagination, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

According to Russell Kirk, the moral imagination is the power of knowing man, despite his weaknesses and sinful nature, as a moral being, meant for eternity. It recognizes that human beings, after all, are created in the image of God… Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology by W. Wesley McDonald (264 pages, University of [...]

War and Leadership

By |2018-12-08T16:57:50-06:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Modernity, Morality, War, Winston Churchill|Tags: |

Winston Churchill, who is the subject of Martin Gilbert’s work, comes out of it all a towering public figure—an inspiring wartime leader who never lost his confidence in the darkest hours of the war, a man of enormous vitality and energy, unsparing of himself, but who never lost an opportunity to enjoy what life [...]

The Great Books: Enemies of Wisdom?

By |2019-04-04T12:28:48-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Education, Great Books, Philosophy|Tags: |

The Great Books approach tends inevitably towards producing the skill needed to read intelligently a philosophical work, but it does not, of itself, help turn a man into an incipient philosopher…. The study of philosophy is not directed toward discovering what men may have thought but toward knowing what is true. —St. Thomas Aquinas, [...]

George Panichas, the Moral Imagination, & the Conservative Mind

By |2019-06-17T17:13:20-05:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

There is a divine order of being of which we must be a part. To reject this order and our part therein is to choose madness and make any decent life impossible. As a literary critic, George Panichas shed great light on the relationship between this recognition of the order of being and our ability [...]

Irving Babbitt: An Act of Reparation

By |2019-06-06T10:43:28-05:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Leadership|Tags: |

Irving Babbitt wrestled with those fundamental life questions that relate to the fate of man in the modern world. What he chose to say about this world of increasing material organization continues to make Babbitt’s work and thought disturbing and unpalatable… Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) never wavered in what he viewed as being his commanding [...]

The Return of Christian Humanism

By |2019-04-02T15:08:15-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of the human religious experience, allowing it to speak intimately and truthfully to the whole person… The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser (University of Missouri [...]

Letters from Grub Street

By |2018-10-16T20:24:10-05:00May 26th, 2017|Categories: Books, Featured, Literature, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

George Gissing found himself more intensely conservative than the Tory politicians of his time, a lover of old ways and old towns, a champion of the countryside, a man who distrusted innovation and spoke for the permanent things… The Collected Letters of George Gissing, Volume Three, 1886-1888, edited by Paul Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and [...]

The Classical Tradition in Antebellum America

By |2019-03-10T14:03:22-05:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Featured|Tags: , |

The classical curriculum remained the educational gold standard in nineteenth-century America. In fact, its influence grew, as women’s academies with a classical curriculum were founded all over the expanding nation… The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States by Carl J. Richard (Harvard University Press, 2009) With [...]