A Requiem for Manners

By |2018-06-22T14:43:07-05:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Stephen M. Klugewicz|Tags: , |

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee met General Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia, for the purpose of surrendering the Army of Northern Virginia. Lee had asked for the meeting and had prepared by putting on his finest uniform: a new, long dress coat with a high collar [...]

Edmund Burke on Manners

By |2014-04-24T10:30:53-05:00December 28th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Edmund Burke, Ian Crowe|Tags: , |

Edmund Burke It took Edmund Burke a very little time to decide that French Revolutionary philosophy posed a massive threat to civilization and social stability throughout Europe. By the end of his life, eight years after the storming of the Bastille, his fears of Jacobin contagion had led him to ask for [...]

Russell Kirk and Robert Nisbet on War and Education: Part I

By |2015-04-28T01:30:52-05:00August 9th, 2012|Categories: Civil Society, Education, Glenn Davis, War|Tags: , |

Robert Nisbet In a recent posting on The Imaginative Conservative, Bruce Frohnen laments the loss of civility and decency in present-day America. By looking at the roots of foul behavior (in this case, a group of middle school boys bullying an elderly school bus monitor), he finds fault in the “warehouse model” [...]

Civility: Reading Each Other

By |2016-01-01T21:21:40-05:00July 9th, 2012|Categories: Civil Society, Humanities, Moral Imagination|Tags: |

  National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jim Leach spent most of 2010 on a Civility Tour of America, hosting events and discussions about the importance of the humanities for reintroducing civil discourse to American culture. Leach sees civility as a key part of a functioning society, and I agree. But whatever we mean [...]