by W. Winston Elliott III
The Imaginative Conservative began the week with George Gilder’s commentary on value vs. ownership in The Constitution Guarantees only the Right to Property. In Stoicism and the Logos, Bradley J. Birzer provided us with this his comprehensive guide to understanding Stoicism. Next, we were treated to Ralph Ancil’s analysis of Morality and Markets: The Humane Balance, an argument about how market systems need to be protected from pure self-interest.
We turned next to Pat Buchanan, who wondered if Romney will come out in favor of peace – and mean it – in Will Obama Paint Romney As Warmonger? Bradley Birzer followed with his thoughts on capitalism and Christianity in his excellent essay Church Over State: Christian Reflections on Political Economy. Peter Lawler wondered about the effect liberal arts colleges have on their graduates and how those graduates shape American culture In Liberal Arts? Bruce Frohnen took provided his exploration of the thinking of Russell Kirk on Cultivating the Good Life.
We turned to the economy and Mark Skousen’s essay which contrasted differing economic perspectives in his look at Austerity’s Prophets: How Friedrich Hayek eclipsed J.M. Keynes & Milton Friedman. In The Sting of the Torpedo Fish, Christopher Nelson examined Socrates, paradox, and virtue. Blending history with modern culture, Stephen Klugewicz’s contrasts fact with fiction in Abraham Lincoln, Vampires, and False Idols.
George Carey established why contemporary American conservatism is not the ideological counterpoise to liberalismin The Popular Roots of Conservatism. In his book review, The Anatomy of the Good, David J. Davis examined the acquisition of virtue. The week concluded with Darrin Moore’s look at unfettered freedom in society with this essay, Reflections on Burke, Capitalism and the Mob.
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