‘And Therefore as Stranger Give It Welcome’

‘And Therefore as Stranger Give It Welcome’

Russell Kirk’s Ghostly Fiction Invites Us to Embrace and Live the MysteryIf I say the word “ghost” at a polite gathering (coffeehouse, cocktail party, a friend’s wedding reception), some will recoil, albeit perhaps only slightly. How, they’ll ask with polite but...
The Sword of Education

The Sword of Education

Of the voluminous corpus of Russell Kirk’s writings, no small amount concerns the subject of education. Kirk counted in his memoirs that over a span of five decades he had authored “some hundreds of essays, articles, and newspaper columns,” as well as three books...

From Tradition to ‘Values Conservatism’

A Sympathetic Critic’s View of Kirk’s LegacyI suspect I might have been asked to join this distinguished company for a very specific reason. Unlike most of the other contributors, I am not considered entirely in agreement with my subject. This certainly does not mean...
The Many Roots of American Order

The Many Roots of American Order

Nearly four decades ago, Catherine Bowen wrote a delightful little book about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 entitled Miracle at Philadelphia. The “miracle” was that a diverse group of strong-willed, political leaders could, within a few months, produce a...

Lost Causes and Gained Causes

Russell Kirk’s Legacy After 15 Years When conservative man of letters Russell Kirk (1918–1994) died nearly 15 years ago, he had been honored by Presidents and friends great and small, quoted by the learned, and lauded as the author of one of the seminal works in...

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