Weekly Friday Posts

May 31, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Conservative thinkers have long echoed the teachings of the ancients that, when it comes to politics, prudence is the chief among virtues.  As we saw in Part 2, prudence acts as a bridge between intellectual and moral virtues—linking the head with the heart.  Prudence also restrains our passions, which is an enormously important trait for the lea...

May 24, 2019

For those of us who enjoy talking politics, conversations with likeminded friends often involve a certain degree of whimsical solving the world’s problems.  I say whimsical because we know good and well whatever solutions we offer up aren’t actually going to be put into practice in full force because—for starters—we’re not in charge.  These conversations have an air of ill-fated hope, much like friends who divulge what they’d do if they just happ...

May 21, 2019

Politicians are fond of talking about “the people.”  But who are “the people”?  That might sound like a nonsensical question but—it turns out—there are a lot of presuppositions baked into the concept of “the people” and much of the divide between the Right and the Left begins here.  Identifying “the people” leads us to other important questions, such as: Who speaks on behalf of “the people”?  And what system of government or society can best repr...

May 17, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

From ancient times to modern, many political theorists and philosophers believed that prudence was the “chief” political virtue.  Since conservatism is largely the act of conserving the wisdom and ideas of the past and applying them to today, many modern conservative thinkers have echoed similar sentiments (as I discussed in Part 1).

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May 10, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

In Part 1 we noted how a great many thinkers from ancient to classical to modern times often vaunted the virtue of prudence and how some even considered it to be the chief public or political virtue.  I doubt there is much debate about whether prudence continues to enjoy this lofty position today.  Some may even view prudence as more of a prudish...

May 7, 2019

The emergence of the modern conservative movement came about in the twentieth century with the fusion of multiple groups that found they not only had common interests, but they shared common foundational beliefs.  Free market advocates, libertarians, Burkean traditionalists, the religious Right, and foreign policy hawks found common ground that led to the high watermark of the conservative movement culminating with the Reagan Revolution of the 19...

May 3, 2019

“Conservatives are guided by their principle of PRUDENCE.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

What would you say is the most important virtue our political leaders could possess?  Is it charisma, the art of persuasion, the ability to move the nation to action?  Is it courage and a steady hand in the face of impossible odds?  Is it dependability, honesty, and integrity that would keep them humble servants of the people?  What about intelli...

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