New Edition of Kirk’s “The Politics of Prudence” Forthcoming

The Kirk Center is delighted to announce that a 30th Anniversary Edition of Russell Kirk’s popular book, The Politics of Prudence, is forthcoming from Regnery Publishing with a new introduction by Dr. Michael Federici.

An understanding of the classical virtue of prudence as practical wisdom, the capacity of choosing the right means to attain worthy ends, is much neglected in our time. It is the virtue most needed in the statesman. If the tradition of prudential politics has fallen on hard times, its comeback might well begin in the pages of this book. 

Distinguishing political prudence from ideology, Kirk examines ten principles, events, books, and thinkers that have shaped the conservative mind and heart. The final chapter examines the shortcomings of democracy throughout the world and the need for representative government conducted by temperate and thoughtful men and women. In a stirring epilogue, Kirk calls the rising generation to the defense of order—both the moral order and the social order, the order of the soul and the order of society—against the enemies of justice, freedom, and a high culture. 

 Advanced orders may be placed now. The anticipated publication date is October 3, 2023.

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