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Topic - Russell Kirk
A man of the left renowned for the piercing honesty of his thought and writings, particularly in his novels "Animal Farm" (1945) and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (1949), English novelist and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950) has earned the admiration of millions of readers across the political spectrum. One admirer, conservative champion Russell Kirk, went so far as to claim that no 20th-century novelist exerted a stronger influence upon political opinion in Britain and America than did Orwell.
In his autobiography, English man of letters G.K. Chesterton not only recounted the story of his own life, he also assessed the lives of his many friends and acquaintances in Edwardian-era London. At one point Chesterton, a champion of Christian orthodoxy, described his dear friend H.G. Wells, a lifelong skeptic, as a man who "was so often nearly right, that his movements irritated me like the sight of somebody's hat being perpetually washed up by the sea and never touching the shore."
Political leaders do love books that tell them what a very good job they're doing. George W Bush, for example, was often seen clutching a copy of Andrew Roberts' excellent "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900" because it reassured him that his war on terrorism belonged to a fine historical tradition and was right and noble and good.
As a longtime conservative, I believe in building coalitions. We can't agree on everything, and it doesn't help the cause to concentrate on areas of disagreement.
"The past shows unvaryingly that when a people's freedom disappears, it goes not with a bang, but in silence amid the comfort of being cared for. That is the dire peril in the present trend toward statism." These words were uttered not at the Conservative Political Action Conference within the past month, but nearly a half century ago by a quiet, bespectacled professor at the University of Chicago. March 3 marked the centenary of this man, Richard M. Weaver Jr. (1910-1963), a person of prescient thought and high achievement.
MSNBC television host and former congressman Joe Scarborough offers an extended lament and heartfelt corrective wisdom in the wake of Republican failures during the past decade that have been gleefully celebrated as failures of conservatism itself by many left-leaning media outlets.
Conservatives, perhaps wary that this is only the concern of bleeding hearts, may wish to consider the words of conservative man of letters Russell Kirk (1918-1994) who famously wrote, "There is nothing more conservative than conservation."
"Men not being angels, a terrestrial paradise cannot be contrived by metaphysical enthusiasts," warned the late Russell Kirk, in a quotation cited by Mr. Scarborough, "yet an earthly hell can be arranged readily enough by ideologues of one stamp or another."