Russell Kirk

Re: From Whittaker Chambers’ Review of Atlas Shrugged

by Scott Morales April 17, 2015
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In reference to Steve’s post. There is an excellent account of this internecine feud within the ranks in George Nash’s book The Conservative Intellectual Movement since 1945.  Some conservatives supported Rand, others however, were in Whittaker’s camp, including some of the biggies.  One being Russell Kirk (Burkean champion) of whom Nash said, “While Kirk supported […]

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Talk About Having No Idea What A Conservative Is… (Updated Again & Bumped)

by Steve MacDonald December 3, 2012

John B. Heroux is reported to be a resident of Bedford, New Hampshire, and a chronic contributor to the Union Leader Editorial page (if Google can be trusted), but he has absolutely no idea what a conservative is.  In his recent “Your Turn” contribution to the public discourse (Union Leader) he starts with this: The […]

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Notable Quotes: Russell Kirk – John Randolph

by Steve MacDonald September 10, 2012

Law will change, indeed, with the times; but arbitrary intervention in the process, rude revision upon abstract concepts a la French taste, is a short and nasty way to social caducity.  When a people begin to think that they can improve society infinitely by incessant alteration of positive law, nothing remains settled; every right, every […]

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Noteable Quote: Russell Kirk

by Steve MacDonald February 20, 2012

All Values are not the same, nor all impulses, nor all men.  A Natural gradation teaches men to hold some sentiments dear and others cheap.  Leveling radicalism endeavors to put all emotions and sensations on the same level of mediocrity, and so to erase the moral imagination which sets men apart from beasts. -Russell Kirk […]

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Notable Quote – Russell Kirk

by Steve MacDonald October 30, 2010

If men are discharged of reverence for ancient usage, they will treat this world, almost certainly, as if it were their private property, to be consumed for their sensual gratification; thus they will destroy in their lust for enjoyment the property of future generations, of their own contemporaries, and indeed their very own capital.

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The Liberal Darkness

by Steve MacDonald September 12, 2010

 On faith, or a lack of, in the enduring order of life.   "Habit and Custom may be the wisdom of unlettered men, but they come from the sound ancient heart of humanity.  Even the wisest of mankind cannot live by reason alone; pure arrogant reason, denying the claims of prejudice (which commonly are also […]

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