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Enemies of the Permanent Things: Observations of Abnormity in Literature and Politics

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Published November 24th 1999 by Open Court (first published 1969)
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Trenton
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The copy I have was inscribed by the author as a wedding present to Dinesh D'souza and his wife Dixie. Sadly, they are now separated, which might explain how I got the book.
Stephen Hicks
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first venturing into Kirk's writing. I only knew he was considered a bastion for modern conservatism in the time following WWII, and I can now see why this is true. Enemies of the Permanent Things is a book committed to diagnosis, not necessarily prognosis. His dissection of modern society (circa 1969) is thorough and demanding while not being totally depressing (maybe initially but he cheers up). As the subtitle denotes, he calls us back to the "norms" of politics and literature tha ...more
Tara
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was in love until I got to the chapter on Eric Voegelin. Then I wanted to get a tattoo (silly things) of the entire chapter on my arm. Russell Kirk + Eric Voegelin + a chapter on used bookstores = an immanentized eschaton. The irony!
Mjber
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quotes:

"When the moral imagination is enriched, a people find themselves capable of great things"

"An abnormal generation is a generation of monsters, enslaved by will and appetite."

"if common sense is discarded - why, it is supplanted not by a universal intelectualism, but by common nonsense."

"Books often reflect the spirit of the age; but also books can conjure up the spirit of the age. Good literature alters the climate of opinion, and the shape of society, for the better; while the literature
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Excellent.
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Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 14, as one of Eight Collections of Essays and Letters Not To Be Missed.
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For more than forty years, Russell Kirk was in the thick of the intellectual controversies of his time. He is the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conserv ...more
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