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In his Kremlin defense of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond. Crimea, said Putin,...
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By now, if you have spent any amount of time with Christians, you have heard them toss the term Pharisee around. Also by now, if you have spent any time thinking, you have realized that the term Pharisee...
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In his 1981 classic After Virtue, Notre Dame philosophy professor Alasdair MacIntyre offers a provocative diagnosis of the modern condition. Rejecting the assumption that secular modernity is the culmination of centuries of improvement, MacIntyre contends that...
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Unborn Child is the title of an album boldly released in 1974 by the rock duo Seals and Crofts at the height of their popularity. Ever hear of it? Didn’t think so. Even if you were...
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Summer has become a season of strange and stark irony. While it brings forth the beauty of the world, it also brings forth the ugliness of the age. The warmth and light are invariably attended...
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Near the end of The Return of the King movie, while Frodo and Sam are making the arduous climb up Mount Doom to destroy the ring once and for all, their strength fails and they stop climbing. Sam...

It is one of the most popular themes in all of classical music, nay, in all of music, period.  It has been used as the melody of a famous church hymn written in 1907, as the theme music...
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I have been absent from the pages of The Imaginative Conservative these last several weeks, a place that I consider to be my literary home. The diversity of topics that The Imaginative Conservative publishes helped to foster a...
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They used to tell American boys that they could do anything if they put their mind to it. You could be an astronaut or a big league ball player. You could be president of the United States or...
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In an age of relativism which seems to deny the definitive nature of anything, it is truly a noble endeavour to defend the definite. This being so, we have sought over the past couple of weeks...
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"Do not use violence in your struggle. Violence is not a sign of strength, only of weakness. He who cannot win the heart or the mind seeks his victory through violence. Each act of...
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“If you don’t like me just say it.” “I don’t LIKE YOU!!!” “Why don’t you like me? You’re a p---k and I like you.” “Because you make my effort a joke! .... This isn’t a game to me. This isn’t...
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Art is the pulse of the soul. It expresses much of what is kept hidden and even what could not be expressed in any other form. Many people talk of a crisis in modern art—its abstractness, banality,...
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Conservative philosopher Roger Scruton delivers the keynote address at the Institute of Public Affairs' 2014 Foundations of Western Civilization Symposium. He discusses the topics of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the pursuit of truth. Books on the topic of this essay may be found in The Imaginative...