The Imaginative Conservative is such a refreshing contrast

The Imaginative Conservative is such a refreshing contrast September 23, 2014

…to the Thing that Used to be Conservatism.

Here’s a piece by the inimitable Brad Birzer on the Conservative Humanist.

Here’s a piece on Tolkien’s Imagination of the Good.

Here’s a piece on the feminism of B16:

One of the greatest lies propagated by Western liberal media is that Pope Benedict XVI was a crusty old miser and “patriarchal” figure who upheld ideas and practices demeaning to women. This lie is, of course, most harmful to women, who—in Benedict XVI—had an advocate unlike any Pope in recent history. Nothing could be further from the truth than to accuse Benedict XVI of being an “enemy” of women. In fact, he was the Catholic Church’s greatest feminist. No greater testimony to Benedict XVI’s feminism exists than his inspiring Holy Women, a collection of his speeches on the mystical mistresses of the Catholic Church.”

And here’s a beautiful eulogy by David Schindler to the late great Stratford Caldecott.

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  • Mike Blackadder

    And a conservative who articulates themselves well; nice to see.

  • Elmwood

    meh, the imaginative conservative still supports the supply side, liberal trickle-down wealth economic policies that “conservatism” has recently adopted, along with the cato institute and acton w/fr. sirico.

    i think the American Conservative and Eithika Politika are better “conservative” websites.

    • ivan_the_mad

      Even were I to grant that TIC is a monolith in holding this economic position (and I don’t, for you’re sorely mistaken), the conservative says with Russell Kirk:

      “The conservative movement or body of opinion can accommodate a considerable diversity of views on a good many subjects, there being no Test Act or Thirty-Nine Articles of the conservative creed.” — “Enlivening the Conservative Mind”

      “They feel affection for the proliferating intricacy of long-established social institutions and modes of life, as distinguished from the narrowing uniformity and deadening egalitarianism of radical systems.” — “Ten Conservative Principles”

      Conservatives will differ regarding economic theories; but this a feature, not a bug.

      • Elmwood

        i think we need to change with times, not with the truth, but how we express it and live it. trying to force practices from a bygone era on everyone is not always a good idea. i guess this is why i have a problem with some of the “conservative” ideology, which at times is incapable of self reflection and criticism and each “conservative” group seems to pick and choose what’s conservative and what isn’t.

        GKC wasn’t part of the conservatives or progressives, but for common sense: keep the good, toss the bad.

        • ivan_the_mad

          Then I think that you might enjoy reading the essays from which I quoted above, and be pleasantly surprised by them. GKC was a favorite of Kirk’s; in a favorite instance of mine, he is invoked heavily by Kirk in this refutation of libertarianism.

      • dvunkannon

        No “39 Articles”, followed by a quote from “10 Conservative Principles”…