by Winston Elliott III
The Imaginative Conservative began the week with Mike Church and his fascinating look at the Constitution and Executive powers in The Founding Fathers Made The Presidency For Washington; Letter of Pierce Butler. Then Bruce Frohnen considered the limits of man and our duty to God with his essay A Small, Hopeful Reminder. We gladly returned home with eloquent poetry in Peter C. Blum’s In the Kitchen (After Work).
In Mistaken Identities: America’s British Culture, John O’Sullivan considered human psychology and the nation’s identity crisis. With Where in the World Are We Going?, Claes G. Ryn sorts through the intellectual and political confusion surrounding the purpose of the American conservative movement. Anthony Esolen then offered food for thought about virtue and Aquinas in Toleration and Reciprocity. Bradley J. Birzer placed us square on the shoulders of the giants of conservative thought with this outstanding essay, Mr. Kirk, please meet Mr. Burke: 1950.
Robert Woods walks us through his decision to begin the day in a more thoughtful way with Reading The Great Books in the Midst of the Media Ruins. We also offered Brian Domitrovic’s talk, Restoring American Prosperity, presented at the Free Enterprise Institute’s 36th Annual Founders’ Day Breakfast on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Magnificently merging memory with beautiful words, Dan Sundahl escorted us back in time to his meeting with Russell Kirk in Bleeding the Elm. Gleaves Whitney continued our travel through time in Decadence and Its Critics as he considered the problems of unheeded prophets, social critics crying wolf, and the modern inability to articulate first principles.
Turning again to modern politics and Does Government Debt Burden Our Grandkids?, Robert P. Murphy looks at the current economic debt and what that means for future generations. William Murchison brought us a view of contemporary politics in his excellent essay, Main Street U.S.A.: A Flip-Flops President. Next James E. Person, Jr. delved deeply into ideas of the permanent things and education with The Sharpening of the Conservative Mind. We finished the week with Bradley J. Birzer’s reflections on the moral imagination in his essay Just Beyond Our Grasp: Personal Reflections on Christian Humanism.
Books related to the above essays and others filled with conservative wit and wisdom may be found in The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore.
We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the Good and the Beautiful. We address culture, liberal learning, politics, political economy, literature, the arts and the American Republic in the tradition of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Edmund Burke, Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, Wilhelm Roepke, Robert Nisbet, M.E. Bradford, Eric Voegelin, Christopher Dawson and other leaders of Imaginative Conservatism. Click here to find out more about the intellectual roots and wisdom of imaginative conservatives.