Tag: Russell Kirk

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Having read Jere Real’s fascinating essay on The Playwright as Bohemian Tory, and having time to reflect during this university break, I’ve been giving quite a bit of thought to the practical influence which philosophers, and other thinkers, can have on the way we live, particularly for the young. I began reading Russell Kirk when […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow #19: The Exorcist

 

The podcast turns to horror, Catholic and scientific. I am joined by veteran and writer Scott Beauchamp to talk about William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist and about Russell Kirk’s views on horror — having read his very humanistic essay on horror in Modern Age. We talk about body horror as a way of confronting evil, of raising existential questions: Is being human special, after all, or just another meaningless accident? Next week, we turn to the scientific horror for comparison–The Thing.

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I had a wonderful conversation last night with Cart T. Bogus about a 4-year-old piece – “Burke Not Buckley” – that he wrote for The American Conservative. Bogus considers himself a liberal, but gave me some wonderful things to think about when it came to Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley, and the history of […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Of RINOs and a Home for Conservatives

 

People like to toss around the accusation that this or that person is a “Republican in Name Only,” or a RINO. Generally, this means the person is not a conservative, at least in the eyes of the accuser. The accusation is meant to be an insult or an attempt to dismiss what the accused thinks.

I once heard Jonah Goldberg say that every conservative ought to be a RINO. What he meant was that one’s loyalty should be to conservative principles, not a political party. I agree with him.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Primal Conservatism of the Littlest Ram

 

CharlieOutlined against a blue-gray October sky, the mighty Rams stood in the majestic calm of their frigid, pre-game battlefield. Outside without a proper coat, my six-year old, Charlie, stood in an eternal line at the frozen, undermanned concession stand. The undefeated Rams awaited the opening kickoff of their game against the hated Spartans — their bitter rival, the only team to beat the Rams in over three years. Charlie awaited a Styrofoam cup of tepid cocoa — bitter swill, sold for two bucks a slug by the girls in the pep squad. The Rams had been waiting for this game all season. Charlie had been waiting for his cocoa for half an hour. The excitement was palpable. The cocoa? Palatable.

It was a chilly Friday night in America and Charlie had come to cheer his Rams on to victory in the biggest high school football game of the season. Damn the cold, daddy; this is war. And Charlie wanted to be on the front lines.

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This time of year is the time for graduation commencement speeches, and over at The Imaginative Conservative, the editors pulled out of their archives a commencement speech given by Russell Kirk to the great Hillsdale College back in 1985. Outside of William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk (1918-1994) is probably the most important non-political conservative of […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Russell Kirk’s “Ten Principles of Conservatism.” Does He Have it Right?

 

Kirk-ReaganOne of the things I like most about Ricochet is that, while we spend a lot of time debating topical issues of the day (SSM, anyone?), we also spend a fair amount of time addressing questions of principle:

“What are the tenets of conservatism?”