This week The Imaginative Conservative provided a thoughtful look at the world of economics and government, world and American history, politics, classic literature, culture, Christianity, and the moral imagination. Included were fascinating essays that considered charity, first principles, liberal education, Ash Wednesday and the Western Tradition.
The Imaginative Conservative began the week with Brittany Baldwin’s consideration of poverty and The Conservative Call to Compassion: Poverty, Charity, and the Dignity of the Human Person. Next, Daniel McInerny sharpened his witty blades On Popular Fictions, Or How I Learned to Relax and Enjoy Downton Abbey. Then we heard from Russell Kirk on what T.S. Eliot called The Permanent Things. We went on a search with Robert Woods to find the divine in common spaces in A Christian Humanistic Devotional? Hallowed Be This House.
Shifting from the common to the exhaulted, James McGlone discussed transcendence and G.K. Chesterton’s Catholic convictions in Conversations About the Highest Things. Our attention then turned to the political economy and Brian Domitrovic’s look at history to understand President Obama’s Economic Growth Is Unworthy of U.S. Tradition: What’s the Matter? Michael Bauman explained the missing link in the essay Communism and Western Intellectuals.
With Small is Beautiful & Faithful: The Vision of E. F. Schumacher, Joseph Pearce addressed the influence of Catholicism on E.F. Schumacher’s writing. Lee Trepanier honored an extraordinary educator as a beautiful example of Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Gerhart Niemeyer. In the book review, The Nature of Human Happiness, Bruce Frohnen examined the complex mind of Charles Murray.
We celebrated Ash Wednesday with Peter Blum’s beautiful poem Into the Ashes. Molly Flynn wrote on the fallacy of optimism and Roger Scruton’s idea that Pessimism Is Hope. Then we turned to Stephen Klugewicz’s film critique in the essay Cowardice in the Face of Evil: A review of Good. With the essay Hope or Despair? Roger Kimball and the Future of Culture, Wilfred M. McClay brought us one man’s vision of the future of culture. TIC concluded the week with Imaginative Conservative Leo Linbeck’s thoughts on Withering Competition.
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