by W. Winston Elliott III
The Imaginative Conservative opened the week with Bradley Birzer’s commentary on meta history in Judgment Day: Christopher Dawson in 1942. TIC briefly interrupted our regularly scheduled essays for an important Middle Earth News Update from our Himalayan correspondent, Stephen Masty. Then we turned to Russell Kirk for insight on the question of the Instinct of the Conservative.
With his book review, Thomas Kidd took us on a quest In Search of the City on a Hill. Peter Lawler’s comments on David Brooks and the Future of Conservatism offered conjecture on what is next in the realm of politics and conservatism. Bill Whittle then demonstrated how to communicate when campaigning and dealing with the media in his excellent video, Presenting the Message. Daniel McCarthy’s thought provoking essay, Modernism & Conservatism: Does the culture of “The Waste Land” lead to freedom—or something more? offered analysis of modernity and conservatism. In Secession, the Humane Scale of Politics, and American Identity, Douglas Minson examined regional division, community and American traditions.
Scott Dodge borrowed from the excellent prose of T. S. Eliot so help us understand that True Education Requires Imagination. Bruce Frohnen surveyed the chasm between reality and modern usage of words in The Wonders of Democracy (?). In We Were All Wrong All Along, Darrin Moore also took a look at the reality of politics and conservative action, suggesting a problem of perception. Stephen Masty regaled us with wonderful tale of tradition and philanthropy in Shanghaied by Yuletide Materialism? Try This!.
Next, H. Lee Cheek, Jr., and Sean R. Busick teamed up to offer their thoughts on modern idealism and The Idea That Will Not Die: Secession. M. D. Aeschliman continued with his thoughts on the “ancient and ever new” Russell Kirk in The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky. Then Gerald Russello offered his view on why John Witherspoon was The Quintessential Founder. After that, we turned next to Brian Domitrovic to find out why Economics Pasha Robert Solow is in a Time Warp. We concluded the week with the brilliance of Russell Kirk as he considered Edmund Burke and the importance of understanding the idyllic, the diabolic, and The Moral Imagination.
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