Mandeville, LA - On today's show I mention this wonderful post of a speech Dr. Russel Kirk gave in 1988. After reading this piece I was moved to take the task of promoting this work because it says everything about modern conservatism (which is a misnomer now see here) and why it is doomed to fail with reverting to "small is beautiful conservation." Thanks to Winston Elliot III and The Imaginative Conservative blog for the post.….Continue
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - John C. Calhoun was born on this day in the state of South Carolina. He was an achieved and accomplished man and, politically, they would be the envy of men today. He was not only a statesman but he was also a great political thinker, which there were several around that time, but what separated him was his virtuous behavior and his Christian Gentleman-like attitude. Russell Kirk writes about this in h….Continue
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Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - We used to have men of arts and letters and that’s what they were known for. Today we have demagogues that yell and scream and holler and hurl names and insist we look at the world through that sort of a jaded lens, that there is only right and wrong in the human realm, that there doesn’t seem to be a right and wrong that’s attached to a godly realm, that natural law somehow just came here and does not answer to supernatural law -….Continue
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - In regards to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, people trying to attach meaning to these things, we talked about yesterday, sometimes there is no meaning. If there is meaning, the meaning is probably obvious. They’re evil men that desire to do evil things because they haven’t either been taught or they have rejected that evil is to be avoided and evil is to be minimized, that evil is going to cost you a place at God’s table in h….Continue
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - There’s another great story at The Imaginative Conservative website about Wilhelm Roepke, the great Austrian economist and the kind of economics we ought to be talking about. We’re having this big, vainglorious discussion about the merits of Republican central economic planning versus the merits of Democrat central economic planning. They’re both central economic planners. As Governor Romney exhibited at VMI, yes, we’ll spread….Continue
Mandeville, LA - In response to many requests by readers for a posting of Freidrich Hayek's "response" to Russell Kirk's "Chirping Sectaries" essay, here is the Hayek post in its entirety. I will post more of a narrative and response after reading this work in its entirety. Why I Am Not a Conservative By Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek In The Constitution of Liberty (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1960) "At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its tri….Continue
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - When you talk about humane economy, this is where you maybe consider that there are human and humane effects to all this economic gobbledygook that we’re all besieged and heaped upon us every day, like you just heard. Roepke had recounted a story where he had met the great Ludwig von Mises. This is all in the theme here of not everything is economic. Not everything has a dollar symbol attached to it. We’ve got to purge this i….Continue
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What Dryden said was this, "Great wits are oft to madness near allied"; and that is true. It is the pure promptitude of the intellect that is in peril of a breakdown. Also people might remember of what sort of man Dryden was talking. He was not talking of any unworldly visionary like Vaughan or George Herbert. He was talking of a cynical man of the world, a sceptic, a diplomatist, a great practical politician. Such men are indeed to madness near allied. Their incessant calculation of their own brains and other people's brains is a dangerous trade. It is always perilous to the mind to reckon up the mind. A flippant person has asked why we say, "As mad as a hatter." A more flippant person might answer that a hatter is mad because he has to measure the human head. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy