The Imaginative Conservative http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Bad Queen Bess http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/bad-queen-bess.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/bad-queen-bess.html#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:30:07 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60279 One of the frustrating things about a visit to England is the persistence of Protestant propaganda about King Henry VIII and his

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Why I Love My Country, My Mother http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/why-i-love-my-country-my-mother.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/why-i-love-my-country-my-mother.html#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:00:44 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60843 Patriotism is simply obedience to ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ I just got back from Mass. Nobody followed me home in

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The Declaration of Independence: Translucent Poetry http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/the-declaration-of-independence-translucent-poetry.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/the-declaration-of-independence-translucent-poetry.html#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:49 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60260 Section I  The Legacy of the Declaration When American schoolchildren first discover that they have a place in the world they sometimes give

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Top Ten Songs about America by Bruce Springsteen http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/ten-unknown-songs-about-america-by-bruce-springsteen.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/ten-unknown-songs-about-america-by-bruce-springsteen.html#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:00:57 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60807 Novelist Walker Percy was a fan of Bruce Springsteen, calling him “my favorite American philosopher.” Percy even wrote a letter to Mr. Springsteen,

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Is the Culture War a Lost Cause? http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/is-the-culture-war-a-lost-cause.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/is-the-culture-war-a-lost-cause.html#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:00:13 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60644 We finally find ourselves past the point of no return concerning a virtuous republic. We have been vanquished by the moral and

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Should Conservatives Care about the Earth? http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/should-conservatives-care-about-the-earth.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/should-conservatives-care-about-the-earth.html#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:00:07 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60113 How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism, by Roger Scruton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

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An Anthem for Imaginative Conservatives: Haydn’s “Philosopher” Symphony http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/an-anthem-for-imaginative-conservatives-haydns-philosopher-symphony.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/an-anthem-for-imaginative-conservatives-haydns-philosopher-symphony.html#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:00:25 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60540 As I write, the fifth anniversary of The Imaginative Conservative is just days away. Since its founding on July 10, 2010, our

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The Gospel of Lincoln http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/the-gospel-of-lincoln.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/the-gospel-of-lincoln.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:00:36 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60100 Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has achieved a status as American Scripture equaled only by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Washington’s Farewell

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The Effective Way to Destroy People http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/the-effective-way-to-destroy-people.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/the-effective-way-to-destroy-people.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60023   “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” –George Orwell Books

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How Did Lewis and Tolkien Defend the Old West? http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/how-did-lewis-and-tolkien-defend-the-old-west.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/07/how-did-lewis-and-tolkien-defend-the-old-west.html#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:00:43 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60332 In 1958, at a Dutch bash held in his honor, J.R.R. Tolkien told his audience: I look East, West, North, South, and

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Our Hearts Are Restless… Until They Rest in Meta-Luxury http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/our-hearts-are-restless-until-they-rest-in-meta-luxury.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/our-hearts-are-restless-until-they-rest-in-meta-luxury.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60465 In the first part of this series, I acknowledged that there may be something wrong with the pursuit of luxury as exclusionary

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The Roots of Ideology: Pope Francis, Warming & Hegel’s Big Hint http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/the-roots-of-ideology-pope-francis-warming-hegels-big-hint.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/the-roots-of-ideology-pope-francis-warming-hegels-big-hint.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:00:55 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60397 Far be it from us to strip down and leap into the hot-tub with Hegel and Lenin; and yet…and yet… there is

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Are the Great Books Still Alive? http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/are-the-great-books-still-alive.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/are-the-great-books-still-alive.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:00:14 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60083 I swore never to read again after ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ gave me no useful advice on killing mockingbirds. — Homer J. Simpson I’ve

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Truth or Consequences: History, Science, and Utopia http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/truth-or-consequences-history-science-and-utopia-descartes.html http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/06/truth-or-consequences-history-science-and-utopia-descartes.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:00:01 +0000 http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/?p=60293 I have a recurrent nightmare. I dream that I never had the opportunity to teach the history of the West. I invariably

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