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There are a lot of meanings in the word “conservative”. One can be conservative in politics and care little about conserving natural resources. Likewise, one can care for plants in a conservatory and oppose a conservative religious tradition. Russell Kirk was one of the few 20th Century thinkers who consistently came down on the side of the basic meaning of this difficult word. I mean Kirk felt like preserving the established order of things in principle until it could be established that a nove ...more
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