Since war is one of the greatest means of bringing about progressive social change, the cultural costs of military engagement must be an important factor when calculating the costs of war.
What conservatism needs now are reflective reactionaries who react to the right problems in the right way.
If traditional conservatism is making a revival, it must not be a mere reaction to the presentism of the modern age.
It is equally important to find both good things to defend, and to defend them with character.
Sir Roger Scruton was a great man. An elegant defender of the past, an opponent of modern desecrate barbarianism, and a lover of civilization.
If liberty is to be sought, it cannot be sought as the singular principle. The wisdom of the conservative tradition has much to offer.
Misguided GoT identified the cyclical “wheel” of history, in need of breaking, as hereditary monarchy and religious institutions. But, Fantasy should lift our heads and our spirits out of the curse of the modern cycle.
What we need now is not just a spirit of opposition, however necessary that is. We needs what Kirk called permanence: a rediscovery of the good, the true, and the beautiful.
Ideology as a source of unity against statism can only take us so far. We must look to the structure of society and cultural elements as well.
"Being a conservative is not a political program, or a set of slogans - it is an understanding of our duties as individuals in an eternal order." An overview of Roger Scruton's "How to be a Conservative."
What happens to mankind when it pursues abstract liberty without the wisdom of tradition and inherited social norms?
Conservatism in our time is basically an impulse of guiding the democratic-state order under the guise of certain "values." This conservatism is a fraud, having nothing to do with the older conception of conservatism as a sociological tradition.
A sound society is a nexus of cascading levels of society authority. A society absent this opens a void for an all powerful state to reign supreme over an egalitarian mass— equal in subordination to raw power.
We must learn to love the everyday; to cherish the mundane; to appreciate the regular; to invest time and happiness in the ordinary. This is the long-lasting and measurable path forward.
A reflection on Edmund Burke's warning about the pursuit of a society built on abstract rights and the implications of Thomas Paine's particular and vague rhetoric of rights.
We have reached peak wokeness; this episode marks the event. It will be a war of all woke-ees against all woke-ees. They will consume themselves, while normal human beings stand back and watch.
For decades, American journalism has operated under the guise of dedication to a set of operating principles. Perhaps recent years have seen the ugly side of their fulfillment: the quest to paint an authoritative narrative.
“Today’s reality shows us that the eclipse of authority does not coincide at all with the advent of liberation, but rather with that of power, and totalitarian systems are the tangible expression of this substitution.” –Augusto del Noce
Movement Libertarianism has always faced the problem of libertarians who care about little in the grand scheme of things; only the size or presence of the state commands their attention.
Libertarianism is not the hope of the world, nor is it intended to be. Pushing for smaller government and more private property rights is necessary, but not sufficient.
In our time of mass democracy and the all-powerful administrative state, it is important to reflect on the contributions of the traditionalist Spanish Scholastics and their more balanced approached to the issue of immigration.
Review of Discrimination and Disparities (Revised Edition) by Thomas Sowell
Political, and even cultural, decentralization offers something for everyone. Most of all it offers an escape from the flailing attempts at homogenizing people who have irreconcilable desires that emanate from irreconcilable principles.
On Frank Meyer’s defense of freedom, virtue, and the extent of their overlap.
Libertarianism as a unifying spirit is only conceivable because we operate in a world that has experienced the imposition of a political society.
We now live in a "Sensitized World." Not sufficiently displaying public niceties or speaking in a sensitive manner about politically protected groups is the new social sin.
For libertarianism to be meaningful in the real world, for it to serve as a tool against the prevailing cultural degradation, libertarians need to remember the importance of social health.
The conservative, says Kirk, in comparison to social tinkerers, "favors a reasoned and temperate progress; he opposes the abstract cult of Progress, which cult assumes that everything new necessarily is better than everything old.”
Libertarians ought to become more aware of the fact that our "thin" doctrine relating to the use of coercion cannot exist without a real social context. It must be applied within the setting of real communities of people.
To regain what we have lost in terms of liberty and cultural values, we must understand that these were lost because older paradigms were torn away by a Progressive revolution.
A comparison of how each of these Austro Libertarian thinkers ultimately justifies the foundation for their case for liberty.
We share our knowledge with our children, to the next generation, in hopes that what has been gained shall not be lost.
Why the constant fuss in the media about these shocking displays of crass behavior? We sincerely doubt it is all spontaneous and completely without planned provocation.
On Richard Weaver's 1948 classic, Ideas Have Consequences.
We must be wary of the shift in libertarian circles that has broadened the word into a general spirit of setting the individual free from all social and cultural restraints. It serves a leftist purpose under the social mood of our time.
We should restart the podcast. Maybe we will.
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