Review 24 November 2013
Straussians, Founders, and the Faith
Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique by Grant Havers. Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 256 pp., $37.
Review 17 November 2013
Better Average Than Unequal
Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. New York, NY: Dutton, 2013. Hardcover, 290 pages, $26.95.
On Essays and Letters 15 November 2013
On W. C. Fields’s Tombstone
Father Schall reflects on a chapter about the great W. C. Fields and the mysterious nature of humor.
Review 10 November 2013
Contradictions and the Burkean … Lovecraft?
The Classic Horror Stories
by H. P. Lovecraft, edited by Roger Luckhurst.
Oxford University Press, 2013.
Hardcover, xxxvi + 487 pages, $25.
Review 6 November 2013
Capital Vices and Commercial Virtues
Capital: A novel by John Lanchester. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2012. Hardcover, 527 pages, $27.
Review 3 November 2013
‘Only Power Restrains Power’
James Burnham’s The Machiavellians at Seventy.
Review 27 October 2013
Forget the Enlightenment—Focus on the Family
How the West Really Lost God
by Mary Eberstadt.
Templeton Press, 2013.
Hardcover, 268 pages, $21.
Essay 20 October 2013
The Voice of Michael Oakeshott in the Conversation of Conservatism
A paper presented to the biennial meeting of the Michael Oakeshott Association, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 28, 2013.
Review 13 October 2013
History in A Secular Age
The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society by Brad S. Gregory. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012. Hardcover, 574 pages, $40.
On Essays and Letters 6 October 2013
Intellectual Courage and the Bitter Truth
Father Schall looks at an essay from Gerhart Niemeyer on the 1978 commencement addresses of Solzhenitsyn and Buckley.
Review 29 September 2013
Reconsidering Orwell’s Essays
A Collection of Essays by George Orwell. Doubleday, 1952. [Harcourt, 1970]
Interview 22 September 2013
On Beyond Think Tanks
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An interview with writer and filmmaker Mark Judge on the disconnect between popular culture and the conservative movement.
Review 22 September 2013
Visions of Order
The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America
by George Packer.
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013.
Hardcover, 448 pages, $27.
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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