Review 3 March 2013
The Perils of Neutrality
The Common Good of Constitutional Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy and on Catholic Social Teaching
by Martin Rhonheimer, edited by William F. Murphy, Jr. Catholic University of America Press, 2013.
Paperback, 560 pages, $45.
Review 3 March 2013
Capitalism vs. the Free Market
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You
edited by Tom Palmer.
Jameson Books, Inc., 2011.
Paperback, 129 pp., $8.95.
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy
by Robert Sirico.
Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2012.
Hardcover, 213 pp. $27.95.
Review 24 February 2013
Tolkien and the Great Tale
The Christian World of ‘The Hobbit’
by Devin Brown.
Abingdon Press, 2012
193 pp., $14.99 paper.
Best of the Bookman 24 February 2013
Farming, Community, and Culture
Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community, by Wendell Berry. Pantheon Books 1994, 208 pp., $20, cloth; $10 paper.
Essay 21 February 2013
Marital Distress and the 2012 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize
Sharon Olds’s “marital distress poetry” was awarded the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize. The Wall Street Poet looks for some cultural or poetic significance in Olds’s verse.
Review 17 February 2013
(The Future of) Liberalism in Our Disordered Age
Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream
by Melvyn L. Fein.
Transaction Press, 2012.
Cloth, 359 pages, $40.
Interview 17 February 2013
Prog Rock and the Permanent Things: More with Bradley Birzer
an interview by
Part Two of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer says the conservative task privileges preserving and sanctifying culture over politics. He also discusses Augustine, Christian Humanism, and progressive rock.
Interview 10 February 2013
The Libertarian Who Loves Kirk: Bradley Birzer on the Permanent Things
an interview by
Part One of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer talks about his personal and intellectual influences and what he finds fascinating about Russell Kirk.
Review 10 February 2013
Think Local, Act Local
How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Review 3 February 2013
A Church of One
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
by John M. Barry.
Cloth, 480 pages, $35.
Best of the Bookman 3 February 2013
An Exercise in Polemic
The Long Affair: Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785–1800, by Conor Cruise O’Brien. University of Chicago Press, 1996, 367 pp., $30 cloth.
Review 27 January 2013
Hope or Despair? Roger Kimball and the Future of Culture
The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia
by Roger Kimball.
St. Augustine’s Press, 2012.
Hardcover, 360 pp., $35.
Best of the Bookman 27 January 2013
Reflections on the Fundamental Law
The Conservative Constitution, by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway, 1990. Hardcover, 241 pp., $22.95 (as reviewed).
Revised and expanded as Rights and Duties, with an introduction by Russell Hittinger (Spence, 1997).
Review 20 January 2013
The Persistence of History
After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy
by Chilton Williamson, Jr.
ISI Books, 2012
Hardcover, 288 pages, $28
The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.
Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969
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