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  • Russell Kirk and The Making of The Conservative Mind

    05/27/2014 7:14:34 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 2014 | Henry Regnery
    The critic of his time must accept the risk of being accused of negativism, but he can console himself with the knowledge that serious criticism has its source in a definite position with its own standards, values and objectives. By the 1950′s, with the work of such men as Albert J. Nock, T. S. Eliot, Richard Weaver and Eliseo Vivas, among many others, the criticism of liberalism had grown into a substantial literature; what was lacking was a point of view, or attitude, movement together and give it coherence and identity. It was the great achievement, one can say historic...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagan’s dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan “sexist” and says conservatives “take a basically pessimistic view of human nature” — one in which “people are conceived of as being corrupt.” Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • Russell Kirk on Social Justice, 1954

    09/03/2013 11:13:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Bradley J. Birzer
    In the early to mid 1950s, especially after publishing The Conservative Mind, Kirk began to develop his own own three pillars of a good society, “Order, Justice, and Freedom” as he would frequently put it in the 1970s and 1980s. In this 1954 article (excerpts below), published in the University of Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Kirk–fully within the Christian Humanist tradition–considered the virtue of Justice from a classical as well as a Christian perspective. Harmony, not contention, brought together the two traditions. Only a true Justice–the recognition of “giving each man his due”–would allow the flourishing of a well-ordered...
  • The Essence of Conservatism

    08/17/2013 8:04:57 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    A conservative is not, by definition, a selfish or a stupid person; instead, he is a person who believes there is something in our life worth saving. Conservatism, indeed, is a word with an old and honorable meaning—but a meaning almost forgotten by Americans until recent years. Abraham Lincoln wished to be known as a conservative. “What is conservatism?” he said. “Is it not preference for the old and tried, over the new and untried?” It is that; and it is also a body of ethical and social beliefs. The word “liberalism,” however, has been in favor among us for...
  • John Adams: The Most Conservative of Founding Fathers

    07/06/2013 8:03:29 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 30 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 July 2013 | Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
    There is no one among America's Founding Fathers who provides as articulate and discerning a vision of genuinely conservative thought as John Adams. John Adams: The Most Conservative of Founding Fathers Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. | The New American 04 July 2013 As Russell Kirk suggests in his classic, The Conservative Mind, there is no one among America’s Founding Fathers who provides as articulate and discerning a vision of genuinely conservative thought as John Adams. Adams was a man of great learning and genius. He also is among the most prolific political authors that the United States ever produced. Kirk...
  • Essence of Education: To Detest What Lord Detest And Love What He Lauds

    06/25/2013 2:48:44 AM PDT · by se99tp
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | June 25th, 2012 | Dr. John A. Sparks
    Some in the post-modern snobby, secular academy view these Christian faith-based perspectives as not being academically respectable. They hold to a rigid, narrow dogmatic “establishment of unbelief” (Marsden). Our faculty members, by contrast, think it is intellectually dishonest and stultifying to examine the large questions of truth, beauty, evil, community, the physical world and the human mind as though Christian religious ideas have nothing to say about them. So faith is foundational to everything we do here on this campus. My old friend the late Russell Kirk use to put it this way—As he watched students lining up, as they...
  • Debunking the “ObamaCare is Conservative” Myth, Part 1

    07/21/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by Sark
    Principles & Policy ^ | July 21st, 2012
    One myth has been prevalent, if not pervasive, throughout the entire debate over health care reform, from President Barack Obama’s first overtures for universal coverage to this very moment. When the left is thrown on the defensive over a point of principle or policy, they almost always resort to invoking this singular myth. What’s the myth? Let me summarize it: “'ObamaCare' is a conservative health care law whose main tenet (the individual mandate) was originally created by the conservative Heritage Foundation and proposed as a bill by conservatives in 1993. Now, a conservative-appointed Chief Justice leading a conservative Supreme Court...
  • Since when did intellect and education become bad things?

    03/08/2012 1:16:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Hanford Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kevin Horrigan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    As a card-carrying member of the media elite, it’s hard for me to say something nice about Newt Gingrich. But here it is: He doesn’t wear blue jeans in public. [SNIP of SNARK due to excerpt limit] For many Republican primary voters, the only thing worse than a regular elite is an intellectual elite or a media elite or especially a liberal intellectual media elite. [SNIP] More to the point, does the fact that a guy reads books and deals in ideas disqualify him? For many Americans, it does. Anti-intellectualism has been a consistent theme throughout American history. The political...
  • Conservative or Conservationist?

    03/16/2010 10:24:24 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Townhall via CDS ^ | 3/15/2010 | Joseph C. Phillips
    Russell Kirk wrote, “Conservatism is not a political system, but a way of looking at the civil order.” Put more plainly, it is a world view. People often confuse being a conservative with being a Republican. However, Republican is a political party not a way of thinking. All republicans are not conservatives. In fact as we have seen over the years there are even some republicans that are not republicans. Being a conservative is really about the embrace of an idea. [...] The natural rights of man emanate from this simple truth: God made man free and independent. As free...
  • Ten Conservative Principles

    02/16/2009 1:10:03 PM PST · by jessduntno · 42 replies · 783+ views
    kirk center ^ | 1982 | kirk
    Ten Conservative Principles (Abbreviated) First, the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order. That order is made for man, and man is made for it. Second, the conservative adheres to custom, convention, and continuity. It is old custom that enables people to live together peaceably. Third, conservatives believe in what may be called the principle of prescription. Conservatives sense that modern people are dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, able to see farther than their ancestors only because of the great stature of those who have preceded us in time. Fourth, conservatives are guided by their principle of...
  • Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths (traditional futurism)

    01/07/2009 4:49:42 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 637+ views
    First Principles ^ | January 2, 2009 | Allan C. Carlson
    Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths - 01/02/09 This is part three of a symposium on contemporary conservatism hosted by ISI at Yale in November, 2008. Read part one. Read part two.By training, I am an historian. I love the discipline and believe that historical mindedness—the ability to see and understand the grounding of current institutions, issues, and events in the complex matrix of the past—this is the superior way to make sense of reality.All the same, I have been troubled for over a decade by the growing interest of American conservatives in...
  • The Case for The American Cause (written by the conservative Russell Kirk)

    01/05/2009 6:19:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 479+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 04, 2009 | Matt May
    It is no exaggeration to conclude that the political landscape of the United States is one of chaos borne of ignorance and outright disdain for our nation's founding principles and values. Over 60 million people voted for a sloganeering dilettante from the Daley machine about whom nary a critique could be levied without hysterical screams of racism and prejudice. The frightening cult of messianic personality surrounding him remains as his ignorant supporters cheer while the cesspool from whence he came is drained and dumped in the Potomac. The principal perpetrators and abettors of the housing finance disaster not only got...
  • The Essence of Conservatism by Russell Kirk

    10/24/2008 9:35:29 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 235+ views
    www.kirkcenter.org ^ | N/A | Russell Kirk
    The Essence of Conservatism by Russell Kirk A friend of mine, whom we shall call Miss Worth, fell into a conversation with a neighbor—Mrs. Williams, let us say—who, the day before, had sold a fine old building, long in her family, to be demolished that a lot for used-automobile sales might take its place. Mrs. Williams had certain regrets; but, said she with finality, “You can’t stop progress.” She was startled at Miss Worth’s reply, which was this: “No, often not; but you can try.” Miss Worth did not believe that Progress, with a Roman P, is a good thing...
  • Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk

    10/23/2008 10:48:09 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 13 replies · 827+ views
    www.kirkcenter.org ^ | N/A | Russell Kirk
    Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk Being neither a religion nor an ideology, the body of opinion termed conservatism possesses no Holy Writ and no Das Kapital to provide dogmata. So far as it is possible to determine what conservatives believe, the first principles of the conservative persuasion are derived from what leading conservative writers and public men have professed during the past two centuries. After some introductory remarks on this general theme, I will proceed to list ten such conservative principles. Perhaps it would be well, most of the time, to use this word “conservative” as an adjective chiefly....
  • Whither Conservatism?

    10/10/2008 11:34:16 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 315+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 10, 2008 | Jesse Masai
    Whither Conservatism? by: Jesse Masai, October 10, 2008 For anyone disillusioned about the current health of the conservative movement, the Heritage Foundation is the place to have been on October 7. There, at its Allison Auditorium, Harvey C. Mansfield delivered a lecture on the movement’s future as well as a constitutional basis for it. The William R. Kenan Jr. professor of Government at Harvard University delivered the lecture in honor of Russell Kirk, one of the patron saints of the conservative movement. He said: “Conservatism is faced with three important dilemmas: Should it be compassionate, interventionist, international?” He suggested that...
  • As the Calendar Turns

    01/01/2008 9:51:32 AM PST · by Huber · 10 replies · 67+ views
    Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments ^ | December 31, 2007 | Anthony Esolon
    "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." If only! I'm sure that many of you have heard some form of that quip by Santayana, and I daresay that in an unguarded moment I may have actually used it in class, as if the study of history were mainly justified by its prophylactic utility. That's not fair to Santayana, who meant no such thing, but it is how the quip is commonly understood. If you don't know your history, then you are likely to step on the same landmines that your ignorant forebears stepped on, and then think...
  • TEN CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES by Russell Kirk

    01/09/2007 4:12:47 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 35 replies · 1,035+ views
    9 January 2007 | vanity
    I. Introduction Recently, NYT Columnist David Brooks wrote a column titled, ”GOP Needs To Woo Back Folks Like Me”. Brooks states he once voted Republican but now does not. He gives a laundry list of gripes including opposition to “stem cell research, “ free trade, micro policies that are tantamount to selling one’s soul and failing to be problem oriented. His article can be found: HERE. Mr. Brooks once voted Republican but he is not a conservative. He may believe he is, but his complaints argue against this claim. In 1953 or thereabouts Russell Kirk completed a scholarly book on...
  • RENEWING A SHAKEN CULTURE (A Russell Kirk Masterpiece)

    12/20/2006 6:26:57 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 16 replies · 884+ views
    One of the assumptions of Gestalt Psychology is ideas like needs move from the background to the foreground. Rush Limbaugh as well as many of the posts on Free Republic surely document an increasing awareness of attacks on our common culture. Rush has even indicated such successes as are being made against the culture outweigh even the loss of the last election. This lecture by Russell Kirk addresses this problem in a clear and convincing manner. It is seven pages long but the past paragraph sums up the problem: "...America has overcome the ideological culture of the Union of Socialist...
  • The Burke Habit: Prudence, skepticism and "unbought grace."

    12/27/2005 8:02:59 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies · 522+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | December 27, 2005 | Jeffrey Hart
    In "The Conservative Mind" (1953), a founding document of the American conservative movement, Russell Kirk assembled an array of major thinkers beginning with Edmund Burke and made a major statement. He proved that conservative thought in America existed, and even that such thought was highly intelligent--a demonstration very much needed at the time. Today we are in a very different and more complicated situation. Nevertheless, a synthesis is possible, based on what American conservatism has achieved and left unachieved since Kirk's volume. Any political position is only as important as the thought by which it is derived; the political philosopher...
  • Ten Conservative Principles

    03/25/2005 8:47:36 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 11 replies · 520+ views
    OrthodoxyToday.org ^ | 1993 | Russell Kirk
    First, the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order. That order is made for man, and man is made for it: human nature is a constant, and moral truths are permanent. This word order signifies harmony. There are two aspects or types of order: the inner order of the soul, and the outer order of the commonwealth. (SNIP) It has been said by liberal intellectuals that the conservative believes all social questions, at heart, to be questions of private morality. Properly understood, this statement is quite true. A society in which men and women are governed by belief...
  • Individualism and its Discontents

    09/22/2004 12:49:33 PM PDT · by Dumb_Ox · 5 replies · 1,026+ views
    Individualism and its Discontents By Allan Carlson Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, published in 1953, might be understood as a product of the spirit of its age. Despite the lingering horror of Naziism and World War II, the occupation of half of Europe by the Red Army, and the recent Communist triumph in China and elsewhere, The Conservative Mind conveyed a curious optimism about the prospects for Western Civilization. It transcended the nihilism and the social pessimism that had characterized the political right during the prior three decades and suggested that The Idea of Conservatism might animate Western culture once...
  • Reagan & Kirk

    06/10/2004 12:27:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 186+ views
    NRO ^ | June 10, 2004 | Gerald J. Russello
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version June 10, 2004, 8:54 a.m. Reagan & KirkTwo men who made a movement. By Gerald J. Russello Ronald Wilson Reagan and Russell Amos Kirk would seem to have little in common. Reagan was known as the Great Communicator. Kirk was once described as "communicative as a turtle." Reagan lived in the glare and cameras of Hollywood. Kirk preferred a converted toy factory in rural Michigan. Reagan of course became governor, then president. Kirk sought no political office, and served in none, except for justice of the peace....
  • A Model College, and Man

    05/28/2004 5:27:55 PM PDT · by Palai · 13 replies · 338+ views
    Campus Report Online ^ | 5/27/04 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Because we can frequently find answers to present problems in the past, most established colleges and universities actively discourage the genuine study of history, especially since they themselves have created a crisis that cries for a solution. “We have succeeded in sending a great many people to college and university,” legendary scholar Russell Kirk noted more than a quarter century ago. “We have not succeeded in educating most of them.” Dr. W. Wesley McDonald, himself a political science professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, shows us how much we can still learn from the sage of Mecosta, Michigan in Russell...
  • The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma

    03/30/2004 7:27:00 AM PST · by robowombat · 7 replies · 333+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 13th, 1992 | Russell Kirk
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma By Russell Kirk The Heritage Foundation Lecture Number Four Hundred and Twenty-Five November 13th, 1992 This year's series of Heritage Lectures is concerned with the somewhat pressing question of whether our American culture will survive the tribulations of our age. In the two previous lectures, I have discussed the ideology called "multiculturalism" as a menace; and whether a civilization that lacks belief in a religion can endure. In my final lecture, in December, I mean to talk about means for combating cultural decay. Today I have chosen for my subject the degradation of...
  • Source on Old Rightists, New Rightists, Paleo-Cons, Neo-Cons, Agrarians, Fusionists, Libertarians...

    02/16/2004 3:00:16 PM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 25 replies · 350+ views
    Comte de Maistre
    I just received an enquiry from a bright 20 year old sophomore, who is majoring in philosophy. She is interested in writing a paper on the historical development of ideological conservatism, and its various historical and present-day versions and offshoots, but she does not know much about the subject. Obviously, I suggested the Conservative Mind, written by the late Dr. Russell Kirk. But it is a dated book, having been published in 1953, and does not have iformation about the developments in American conservatism since then? Does anyone know of a book written in recent years, which traces the historical...
  • Ten American Biographies Everyone Should Read

    11/16/2003 1:11:01 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 35 replies · 7,230+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 11-14-03 | Human Events
    Ten American Biographies Everyone Should Read Posted Nov 14, 2003 HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 21 distinguished scholars to help us develop a list of Ten American Biographies Everyone Should Read. We asked them first to nominate biographies or autobiographies of anyone who had been a native-born or naturalized American citizen since 1776. Then they listed their top ten choices from the entire roster of nominated titles. A book received 10 points for each No. 1 vote it received, 9 points for each No. 2 vote, and so on. The title with the highest aggregate score was rated the...
  • Ordered Liberty: Remembering Russell Kirk

    10/28/2003 1:03:04 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 9 replies · 226+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 24 Oct 03 | Chuck Colson
    Today Bill Buckley, Annette Kirk, and I are giving lectures at the White House about one of the preeminent philosophers of the twentieth century: Annette's husband, the late Russell Kirk. Fifty years ago -- the same year I graduated from Brown University -- Kirk published THE CONSERVATIVE MIND, a now-classic analysis of the core doctrines he believed most necessary for a healthy republic. When I read THE CONSERVATIVE MIND, I began to realize that someone else believed all of those things I had argued for during my undergraduate years. The book gave me great intellectual support in the early days...
  • Conservatism as Exorcism

    05/24/2003 2:37:39 PM PDT · by sheltonmac · 73 replies · 390+ views
    Sobran's ^ | 05/08/2003 | Joseph Sobran
    Conservatives have lost their mind. Not their minds, but their mind. What the late Russell Kirk called “the conservative mind” seems to have disappeared from our political landscape. When I got acquainted with the conservative movement in 1965, it was still a serious thing. It had principles, and it knew what it wanted: limited government. It had a dual agenda: to resist and defeat world Communism, and to repeal unconstitutional government programs at home. There were problems with these difficult goals, but the movement made some kind of sense. It was very much a minority movement, even within the Republican...
  • The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma [Relevant to the Sixth of Kirk's Canons]

    05/16/2003 4:32:08 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 8 replies · 526+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13th, 1992 | Russell Kirk
    The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Four Hundred and Twenty-Five November 13th, 1992 This year's series of Heritage Lectures is concerned with the somewhat pressing question of whether our American culture will survive the tribulations of our age. In the two previous lectures, I have discussed the ideology called "multiculturalism" as a menace; and whether a civilization that lacks belief in a religion can endure. In my final lecture, in December, I mean to talk about means for combating cultural decay. Today I have chosen for my subject the degradation of the democratic...
  • Cultivating Educational Wastelands [Related to the Fifth of Kirk's Six Canons]

    05/14/2003 3:14:22 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 4 replies · 360+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 1990 | Russell Kirk
    Prospects For Conservatives Part II: Cultivating Educational Wastelands By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Two Hundred and Eighty-Five June 14th, 1990 With some trepidation I commence my remarks on this large subject, the lot of educational reformers being hard. In 1953, Professor Arthur Bestor published a book entitled Educational Wastelands: The Retreat from Learning in Our Public Schools. There survives a Jewish tradition that all the Prophets were stoned to death or otherwise slain by the People. From 1953 onward, the Educationists belabored Dr. Bestor with epithets, until he departed from this world. And the Educationists' retreat from learning...
  • The Attack on Leviathan: Donald Davidson and the South's Conservatism [Kirk's Fourth Canon]

    05/14/2003 4:34:46 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 11 replies · 661+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11th, 1989 | Russell Kirk
    The Attack on Leviathan: Donald Davidson and the South's Conservatism By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Two Hundred and Six July 11th, 1989 Leviathan is a Hebrew word signifying "that which gathers itself in folds." In the Old Testament, Leviathan is the great sea-beast: "Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook?" In the 17th century, Thomas Hobbes-whom T.S. Eliot calls "that presumptuous little upstart"- made Leviathan the symbol of the state, or rather of mass-society, composed of innumerable little atomic individual human beings. Today I am concerned not with Hobbes, but with Donald Davidson and his book The...
  • The Injustice of Equality [The Third of Kirk's Six Canons]

    05/13/2003 4:46:43 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 3 replies · 472+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15th, 1993 | Russell Kirk
    The Injustice of Equality By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Four Hundred and Seventy-Eight October 15th, 1993 Let me commence with two aphorisms, widely separated in time and substance. The first is the observation of Aristotle that it is unjust to treat unequal things equally. The second is the declaration of Marx that to establish equality, first we must establish inequality. These two assumptions have been at war one with the other during the twentieth century. What did Aristotle mean by writing that to treat unequal things equally is unjust? He meant that not all human beings are worthy...
  • The Behemoth State: Centralization [Relevant to the 2nd of Kirk's 6 Canons of Conservatism]

    05/12/2003 4:36:27 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 1990 | Russell Kirk
    Prospects for Conservatives Part III The Behemoth State: Centralization By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Two Hundred and Ninety-Three September 19, 1990 All present in this room today are aware that the word "federal" does not mean "central." But the Congress of the United States, in recent decades, and frequently the Executive force, too, have been behaving as if unable to discern any distinction between the two terms. That way lies the collapse of the Constitution. A simple instance of this occurred on Capitol Hill only nine days ago. We now have a new statute that prohibits servants of...
  • The Case For and Against Natural Law [First of Kirk's Six Canons Pt.2]

    05/09/2003 5:28:04 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 1 replies · 315+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15th, 1993 | Russell Kirk
    The Case For and Against Natural Law By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Four Hundred and Sixty-Nine July 15th, 1993 The literature of natural law is complex, copious, and monthly growing vaster. All I aspire to accomplish in this second lecture on "The Future of Justice" is to offer some general introduction to the subject, together with reflections on the protections and dangers of natural-law doctrines, and observations concerning natural law and constitutional government. A great deal of loose talk about natural law has occurred in very recent years. It was objected to Judge Bork' s nomination to the...
  • Civilization Without Religion? [First of Kirk's Six Canons]

    05/08/2003 5:17:27 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 28 replies · 1,776+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24th, 1992 | Russell Kirk
    Civilization Without Religion? By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Four Hundred and Four July 24th, 1992 Sobering voices tell us nowadays that the civilization in which we participate is not long for this world. Many countries have fallen under the domination of squalid oligarchs; other lands are reduced to anarchy. "Cultural revolution," rejecting our patrimony of learning and manners, has done nearly as much mischief in the West as in the East, if less violently. Religious belief is attenuated at best, for many or else converted, after being secularized, into an instrument for social transformation. Books give way to...
  • Conservatism Begins with Burke

    04/24/2003 7:15:23 AM PDT · by KC Burke · 60 replies · 1,227+ views
    Appendix A, Edmund Burke, A Genius Reconsidered by Russell Kirk Burke's Conservatism Edmund Burke never employed the term "conservative", because in his time it was not a noun of politics. He is, nevertheless, the principle source of modern conservative belief. It is in France, after the defeat of Napoleon, that the words conservateur and conservatif were coined to describe a concept of politics founded on the ideas of Burke: by definition, then, conservatism means Burke's politics of prudence and prescription, guarding and preserving a country's institutions.These terms passed into English politics during the 1820s, and into American political discussion during...
  • The Conservative Mind: Burke & The Politics of Prescription (An Excerpt)

    10/17/2002 6:48:21 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 37 replies · 1,049+ views
    The Conservative Mind From Burke To Eliot | 1953 | Russell Kirk
    (Pages 20-23) Liberty, Burke knew, had risen through an elaborate and delicate process, and its perpetuation depended upon retaining those habits of thought and action which guided the savage in his slow and weary ascent to the state of civil and social man. All his life, Burke's chief concern had been for justice and liberty, which must stand or fall together-- liberty under law, a definite liberty, the limits of which were determined by prescription. He had defended the liberties of Englishmen against their king, and the liberties of Americans against king and parliament, and the liberties of Hindus against...
  • Russell Kirk - The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma

    07/26/2002 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Grit · 109+ views
    The Heratige Foundation ^ | Nov 13, 1992 | Russell Kirk
    The Degradation of the Democratic Dogma By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Four Hundred and Twenty-Five November 13th, 1992 This year's series of Heritage Lectures is concerned with the somewhat pressing question of whether our American culture will survive the tribulations of our age. In the two previous lectures, I have discussed the ideology called "multiculturalism" as a menace; and whether a civilization that lacks belief in a religion can endure. In my final lecture, in December, I mean to talk about means for combating cultural decay. Today I have chosen for my subject the degradation of the democratic...
  • Russell Kirk on C-Span

    07/05/2002 8:18:26 PM PDT · by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity · 20 replies · 250+ views
    C-Span ^ | July 2002 | C-Span
    Call-In Russell Kirk Writings C-SPAN, American Writers Mecosta, Michigan (United States) ID: 170896 - 2 - 06/30/2002 - 2:02 In an excerpt from the American Writers program, "Writings of Kirk and Buckley," the guests at the Russell Kirk Center talked about the history of modern conservative political movement in the U.S. through the life and writings of Kirk. http://inside.c-spanarchives.org:8080/cspan/cspan.csp?command=dschedule (midnight tonight)
  • LIVE - NOW ON C-SPAN HISTORY OF RUSSELL KIRK'S WORK

    06/30/2002 12:06:27 PM PDT · by seenenuf · 2 replies · 131+ views
    A live discuss on Conservative Movement - 2 hours on Russell Kirk, then 1 hour with Bill Buckley.
  • Russell Kirk on cultural renewal

    05/25/2002 12:36:16 PM PDT · by aconservaguy · 328+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 1992 | Russell Kirk
    Renewing a Shaken Culture By Russell Kirk The Heritage Foundation Lecture Number Four Hundred and Thirty-Four December 11th, 1992 A few days past, my wife fell into casual conversation with three medical men. All three of the doctors were dismayed at the present situation and future prospects of the American people, and, unsolicited, expressed at some length their vaticinations. A surgeon, after remarking that on the imminent breadlines people would be armed and fighting, claiming rights but denying duties, then groaned. "It's all over! I thought we had more time! We lasted only two hundred years!" This mood of despondency...
  • Russell Kirk: Civilization without Religion

    05/25/2002 11:12:31 AM PDT · by aconservaguy · 16 replies · 246+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 1992 | Russell Kirk
    Civilization Without Religion? By Russell Kirk The Heritage Foundation Lecture Number Four Hundred and Four July 24th, 1992 Sobering voices tell us nowadays that the civilization in which we participate is not long for this world. Many countries have fallen under the domination of squalid oligarchs; other lands are reduced to anarchy. "Cultural revolution," rejecting our patrimony of learning and manners, has done nearly as much mischief in the West as in the East, if less violently. Religious belief is attenuated at best, for many or else converted, after being secularized, into an instrument for social transformation. Books give way...