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J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Silmarillion" does for modernity what Dante did for the Middle Ages and what Virgil did for the Roman age of transition from republic to empire. Tolkien will someday be understood as the best representative of this Epoch of human existence... (essay by Bradley Birzer)
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Russell Kirk knew that in the empire of science, if it be genuine science, one must pursue wisdom and leave space in the world for mystery and faith... (essay by Mark Kalthoff)
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Community was important—essential to the mind of Russell Kirk — and the restoration of the small community and its connectedness with other small communities through the inculcation of spirit and character is the true challenge of the conservative mind during the next decade of this century... (essay by James E. Person Jr.)
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Can we say that all is well in the world of higher music education on this side of the pond? For now, we continue to produce an ample supply of musicians that rank among the world’s best, with the technical proficiency, confidence, and maturity to faithfully perform the great works that were handed down to us... (essay by Andrew Balio)
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James Boswell’s biography "The Life of Johnson" portrays a distinguished man of letters after whom a whole literary period was named: The Age of Johnson. To read of Johnson’s life (1709-1784) is to learn of an eminent man of learning whose love of literature, passion for truth, and genius for writing achieved extraordinary works of excellence... (essay by Mitchell Kalpakgian)
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Director Whit Stillman understands that America is dominated by a culture that was imported from Europe and is expressed in European tongues and nourished and maintained by contact with Europe... (essay by E. Christian Kopff)
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With America’s political elite sitting behind him, President Trump accused them of enriching “foreign industry,” not ours, of subsidizing other countries’ armies but neglecting our own, of defending other nation’s borders while leaving America’s borders unprotected... (essay by Pat Buchanan)
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Larry Arnn’s thesis is familiar: "The Founders’ 'Key'" is the idea that the Declaration and Constitution are expressions of the same transcendent principles applied to the political realm. The Declaration is the articulation of those principles—especially divine rule through natural law... (essay by Coyle Neal)
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Philosophy can come from a cool, sober sense that the ways of the world should be exposed and explained, its myths dismantled and its depths made plane; that not what is best but what is individual, not what is common but what is ordinary, should preoccupy our efforts; that we should not view but master, not play but work, not suppose but certify, not ask but determine, not long but draw limits.... (essay by Eva Brann)
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Perhaps if we offer shelter to the poor and honor the wishes of our founders, we could end our abject imperialism and restore a foreign policy worthy of a republic... (essay by Bradley Birzer)
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Until recent years in the U.S., we had an opportunity society, in which getting ahead was considered a worthy goal and in which standing on one’s own two feet was considered an important accomplishment... (essay by Bruce Frohnen)
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There is much that will please, fascinate and enlighten the aficionado of Tolkien and Lewis in "The Fellowship," as well as a much-needed engagement with the life and ideas of a forgotten and neglected Inkling... (essay by Joseph Pearce)
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If you mean to capture hearts rather than rouse anger, cultivate the imaginative kind of conservatism and its language.
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The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the Good and the Beautiful. We address culture, liberal learning, politics, political economy, literature, the arts and the American Republic in the tradition of Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Edmund Burke, Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, Wilhelm Roepke, Robert Nisbet, M.E. Bradford, Eric Voegelin, Christopher Dawson and other leaders of Imaginative Conservatism.
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