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 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).

This doesn’t...

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 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...

November 30, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Throughout this series we’ve explored the curious fact that—while there is much disagreement on the specifics—we all seem to have some notion that things ought to be different than what they actually are.  No one needs convincing that this world, and the people who inhabit it, are imperfect.

In Part 1 we discussed how no human society l...

November 23, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

It was in college that I was first introduced to the writings of C. S. Lewis, who I have often thanked for what I can only describe as an awakening to what it means to love God with one’s mind.  His uncanny and masterful way of communicating made otherwise dry theological and philosophical concepts come to life.  I’d often paraphrase a...

November 16, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

The title to this series—If Men Were Angels—comes from James Madison’s Federalist Paper #51:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

Perhaps you may be thinking—thank you Captain Obvious.  Yet Madison’s words are far mo...

November 2, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

The Book of Proverbs tells us that “where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Pick up nearly any self-help book from your local bookstore and there will doubtless be some call to cultivating your vision as a key ingredient on your journey to “success”.  Self-help guru and motivational speaker John Graham is certainly no exception:

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October 19, 2018

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

I recall an old joke about two Russian neighbors living in the Soviet Union that lacked in humor what is made up for in insight:

The first Russian asks his neighbor, “Comrade, if you had two million rubles, would you give me one million?”  His neighbor responds, “Of course I would.”  “And,” continued the first Russi...

October 12, 2018

“Conservatives uphold voluntary community, quite as they oppose involuntary collectivism.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Conservatives are promoters of the rights of the individual while also recognizing a higher moral order such as Judeo-Christian teachings or some philosophical understanding of moral law.  The individual is not supreme in the conservative’s worldview, but the rights of the individual are superior to the whims and d...

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