A Problem of Definition

Symposium: The Conservative Mind at 60Russell Kirk’s careful delineations in the earliest pages of The Conservative Mind make clear his awareness of a fundamental problem when we consider conservatism. It is a slippery phenomenon. Edmund Burke was a conservative, but...

The Deeper Roots of Social Order

Symposium: The Conservative Mind at 60Sixty years after its publication, The Conservative Mind could easily be dismissed as an irrelevant artifact of a failed political movement. The “conservative movement” has utterly failed to stop or even slow the leftward tilt of...

An Excursion into the Broader World

Symposium: The Conservative Mind at 60 It is easy to sum up the historical significance of The Conservative Mind. With eloquence and conviction Russell Kirk demonstrated that reflective conservatism is neither a smokescreen for selfishness nor the ritual incantation...

The Needs of Modernity’s Orphans

Symposium: The Conservative Mind at 60At the time Russell Kirk wrote The Conservative Mind there was already considerable confusion as to just what conservatism meant. America’s political parties and movements, dating back to the Revolution, always adopted the names...

The Use and Abuse of Samuel Johnson

The Interpretation of Samuel Johnson. Jonathan Clark & Howard Erskine-Hill, editors. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Hardcover, 264 pages, $85. The Politics of Samuel Johnson. Jonathan Clark & Howard Erskine-Hill, editors. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Hardcover, 256...

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