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As I read newspapers, popular magazines, listen to National Public Radio, watch cable television, attend Catholic Mass, and work with American academics at the deracinated institutions called colleges, I am conscious that American secular culture has had at least one hundred years to effect a closing not only of the American mind but of the American soul.
This essay examines the…

Why did you choose the path of the independent scholar as opposed to a university professor?
In 1975, when I was on the job market for my first college/university teaching appointment, a foundation in Iowa invited me to write a definitive, scholarly, and - as it turned out - multi-volume biography of Herbert Hoover. I was offered a full time contract…

Russell Kirk: American Conservative. Brad Birzer. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.
 
In the past decade and a half, a slew of biographies have been written about Russell Kirk: James E. Person Jr., Russell Kirk: A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind (Lanham, Md.: Madison Books, 1999; reissued by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015); W. Wesley McDonald, Russell Kirk and the Age…

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Asking Is Anglo-American conservatism enough? is to presume that we already know what conservatism is and is to acknowledge it as good. But do we know what Anglo-American conservatism is?
First, we have to understand how Anglo-American conservatism recognizes itself. Roughly speaking, it was born in the wake of the effects of the French Revolution through Sir Edmund Burke’s Reflections on…

But as perfect men I regard those who are able to mingle and fuse political capacity with philosophy. Such men, I take it, are masters of the two greatest goods there are: as statesmen, a life of public usefulness, and a tranquil existence of untroubled serenity in the pursuit of philosophy . . . We must apply our best endeavours,…

Conserving America? Essays on Present Discontents. Patrick J. Deneen. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2016.
 
The current political polarization in the country today can be characterized as the Political Left calling for cultural liberation in the form of identity and sexual politics and the Political Right demanding the economic liberation of the free market. Whereas the Left believes that government,…

The Way Back. F. H. Buckley. Encounter Books, 2016.
 
The cover of F.H. Buckley’s most recent book depicts the Empire State Building enshrouded in clouds. With only the iconic building’s antennae and pyramid in view it looks not unlike the prow of a ship about to sink below swirling waves. Taken alongside its title, The Way Back, this makes for a…

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century. William F. Buckley with James Rosen, ed. New York: Crown Forum, 2016.
 
James Rosen provides the reader with a selection of obituaries written by William F. Buckley for National Review. The cast of characters memorialized include significant political figures, family, entertainers and artists, friends, and friends who were political adversaries.
It is…

The Conservative Rebellion. Richard Bishirjian. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2015.
 
In The Conservative Rebellion, Richard Bishirjian warns that a “visionary politics” which extols a vision of America bringing liberty to all corners of the world will lead to the rejection of politics altogether in the United States:
". . . the failure of the symbolism of such policies leads to a…

Perhaps as many as a dozen-and-a-half Republicans will line up over the next year in an effort to become President of the United States. If past experience can help us to predict the shape of this spectacle, we should expect a chorus of poll-tested and lobbyist-approved issue positions as familiar as they will be mundane. These assurances will provide Republican…