by Winston Elliott, III
The Imaginative Conservative began the week by sharing W. B. Allen’s thoughts on how necessary the Antifederalists were to the Federalists in The Constitutionalism of The Federalist Papers. Robert Woods wondered how, or if, we can return to more respectful methods of disagreement—or if Being Civil in Mean Times is an ability that is forever lost. Bradley J. Birzer, TIC’s co-editor, eloquently stated the case that in order to maintain order through generations we need to respect community, virtue, and Christianity in his essay entitled Russell Kirk and the Anamnesis of the West.
Moral expectations, human connections, and modern society provide the springboard for discussion in this essay by Anthony Esolen—So Where’s the Social? Recovering Words and Culture in the Unsociety. John Attarian contrasts Leftism’s utopian economy with an economy that results from the moral order of the soul and community in his essay, Political Economy for Embodied Souls. Stratford Caldecott shared the excellent study guide for his book Beauty in the Word, a sequel to Beauty for Truth’s Sake, in Themes of Beauty in the Word (IV). We moved from beauty to ruins in Living Amidst the Ruins: The Search for Political Wisdom in a Post-Constitutionalist Age, a sobering story of two parties and statecraft by Bradley G. Green.
Continuing our look at culture, we published Patrick Buchanan’s The Natural Map of the Middle East, a brilliant essay on political maps, cultural boundaries, and war. We returned to beauty with Christopher B. Nelson thoughtful essay, Music of the Republic, a reflection on how the power of our musical imagination coupled with our soul’s need for Beauty makes us human. Richard M. Gamble’s Resisting Ideology’s Reductionism sorts through the ideological confusion that corrupts thought and language reducing disciplined thought to cultural catch phrases.
Turning once more to contemporary political economy, Brian Domitrovic discussed Republican goals, noting one failure—reforming the Federal Reserve and monetary policy, in Romney’s 400 Economists Made One Big Whiff. Shifting from economic policy to God, Stephen Masty shared his delightful story Meeting of the Minutes, a look at what God, in consultation with St. Peter, might make of current events. The week ended on a more somber tone with this excellent piece by Joseph Epstein, Who Killed the Liberal Arts.
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