by W. Winston Elliott III
The Imaginative Conservative began the week with William Byrne’s in depth look at the wisdom and moral imagination of Edmund Burke and the Politics of Empire. Next, Stratford Caldecott showed us how the arts help pave the way, but that Beauty Won’t Save the World Alone. Continuing our look at the moral imagination, we turned to the eloquence of Russell Kirk to learn how the rise of the State brought about the decline of community in The Pulverizing Macadamizing Tendency of Modern History.
Peter Lawler considered What’s Good About American Heresy and the true teaching of the Gospel. In The Start of Something Big, Bruce Frohnen discussed colonization, how local institutions prepared the seedbeds of the American republic, and the book The Jamestown Project. In Recovering Public Opinion:Francis Graham Wilson’s A Theory of Public Opinion Revisited Lee Cheek examined Wilson’s concern about the shift in political science away from its traditional philosophical perspective to a dubious behaviorally-oriented academic enterprise.
Eugene Genovese shared his thoughts and stories in this article about the collection of essays by Russell Kirk that comprise the most excellent book, Redeeming the Time. In America’s Last Crusade, Pat Buchanan examined the question of America’s involvement and the spread of democracy in the government of other countries. We look at the complexities of the study of man through the eyes of a Christian and a Stoic in Brad Birzer’s The Celtic Mind: How Adam Smith and Edmund Burke Saved Civilization. Gregory Wolfe then discussed conservative efforts to explain the difference between ideology and religion to young people and intellectuals in Conservatism and the Therapeutic Society.
In Bernanke Channels Nixon, Revives “We’re All KeynesiansNow!” Brian Domitrovic expresses concern about the government’s “tax and spend our way to recovery” economics. Next we were treated to Andrew Seeley’s musings on how turning away from society to build strong moral foundations within small faith communities is not the act of cave dwellers, but the right way of life for Shire folk in Cave Dwellers. Finally, Brad Birzer left us deep in thought with his analysis of the various opinions on the Founder’s intentions and choices regarding slavery in Which Founding is the Real Founding: The Problem of Slavery.
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