conservatism – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The lost conservative mind http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/08/19/the-lost-conservative-mind/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/08/19/the-lost-conservative-mind/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:21:21 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3703 I recently read Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, and composed a thought about it in relation to the state of this country, which perhaps more than ever before mirrors the state of man today—outwardly self-reliant, inwardly flailing. My thought is that we are yanking free the anchors, worrying loose the cables, and where once this …

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Cheaper by the dozen http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/13/cheaper-by-the-dozen/ Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:06:48 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3622 There is a difference between being anti-intellectual and being anti-intellect, and this is where Russell Jacoby foundered, in his essay last year about the lack of intellectualism among conservatives. As Peter Lawler notes, it’s shoddily done for want of defining terms, which is a frequent flaw in Chronicle of Higher Ed essays about conservatism. There …

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An open letter to the weeping conservative http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/07/an-open-letter-to-the-weeping-conservative/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/07/an-open-letter-to-the-weeping-conservative/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:22:00 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3567 Look, it’s not the end of the world, or America, or really much of anything. In fact, it could become the beginning of something. Here are eight reasons you should take heart from what you consider last night’s loss. 1. Congressional Majorities: Understand the bullet you dodged. The president’s party tends to lose seats in …

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On Conservatives as Rapists http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/on-conservatives-as-rapists/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/on-conservatives-as-rapists/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:10:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3336 It used to be required, of an intellectual seeking to hold forth on an idea, that he define his terms. Words are slippery things, after all. But then so are intellectuals, and perhaps this is why they often play faster and looser with terms than a backwoods car salesman. Corey Robin doesn’t have a car …

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On the conservative as warmonger http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/27/on-the-conservative-as-warmonger/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/27/on-the-conservative-as-warmonger/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 03:50:45 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2917 The problem with political science professor Corey Robin’s claim that warmongering is woven into the DNA of conservatives is that he can’t seem to define his subject. One minute a conservative is a Burkean, the next he’s a tea-partier, then a neocon, then a Republican politico. Richer still, Robin represents these British-American country-clubbing anti-marxist quasi-literate …

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The new Conservatism http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/21/the-new-conservatism/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/21/the-new-conservatism/#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2010 14:33:45 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2161 Mickey Edwards explains why he didn’t go to CPAC, the annual Conservative self-lovefest, arguing that the traditional conservatism of America has been supplanted by a state-aggrandizing European-style conservatism. I’m not sure if the shift is even that intellectual, or if it’s simply that Conservatives — like members of any tribe facing an enemy tribe — …

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Be it resolved http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/01/be-it-resolved/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/01/be-it-resolved/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2010 15:36:12 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1879 I read once that the historian’s admiration for authority affects his assessments of civilizations past — that oppressive regimes, with their monuments to state power, will draw his eye and his imagination more readily than a nation of citizen farmers. That’s probably true for most people; we can’t help but watch the parade’s prancing exhibition of the …

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If only he’d come along when people had longer attention spans http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/03/23/if-only-hed-come-along-when-people-had-longer-attention-spans/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/03/23/if-only-hed-come-along-when-people-had-longer-attention-spans/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:09:09 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1516 I once heard Charles Murray say he was booed by faculty at an Ivy League school for announcing that half of Americans have below-median intelligence. Here he is in front of a friendlier audience, proving once again that it’s possible to be a thorough-going conservative without behaving like a mean-spirited tribal shaman: “We know from …

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Post-Rush http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/02/26/post-rush/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/02/26/post-rush/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:47:20 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1480 John Derbyshire on the negative consequences (he notes there were positives as well) of the Rush Limbaugh radio revolution: “Did the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Savages, and Ingrahams lead us to this sorry state of affairs? They surely did. At the very least, by yoking themselves to the clueless George W. Bush and his free-spending administration, they …

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