What Is the Legacy of ‘The Conservative Mind’?

Symposium: The Conservative Mind at 60The sixtieth anniversary ofthe publication of The Conservative Mind marks a major milestone in the history of the post-World War II conservative intellectual movement. Nearly all contemporary conservative writers, including those...

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 Unknown Hegel

The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried. Dekalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1986, Revised edition 2010. Paper, $24. Few prominent postwar conservative thinkers have credited Hegelian concepts...

An American Classic

Democracy and Leadership by Irving Babbitt. Foreword by Russell Kirk, Liberty Classics, 1979, 390 pp. The appearance of a new edition of Irving Babbitt’s Democracy and Leadership (first published in 1924) is one sign among many that interest in this controversial...

Metternich vs. McEmpire

Symposium: Conservatism and EmpireConservatism is poorly understood in the United States. It is not right-wing liberalism or nationalism; nor is it political Protestantism. It has nothing to do with a neurotic longing for an ideal past, and reactionaries who insist...

Transition

This issue represents the end result of a half-century of conservative reflection on the important books in our cultural conversation. When Russell Kirk founded this journal in 1960, he faced a world beset by liberal ideology, with small place, if any at all, for...

Is Conservatism Dead?

A symposium in response to “Conservatism is Dead” by Sam TanenhausIs conservatism dead? Sam Tanenhaus has recently published an essay in The New Republic arguing that conservatism is indeed dead, at least the conservative “movement” as American politics has known it....

Books in Little

The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals, edited by Robert George and Jean Bethke Elshtain (Spence Publishing, 316 pp. $29.95) The meaning of marriage has become a prime subject of the culture wars. The subject is itself extremely difficult to...

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