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What a Conservative Knows: Fear of God is the Beginning of Wisdom
Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative

There could be no conservatism without a religious foundation, and it is conservative people, by and large, who defend religion in our time.

Detroit: A Ground Zero for Innovation?
T. Kurt Jaros, Values & Capitalism

With the loss of public services, even emergency services, what are people to do? Answer: Turn to the private sector.

Five Myths About Pope Francis
William Doino Jr., First Things

He has been called an “improv pope,” a pope of many surprises, but the biggest surprise of all is that Francis continues to elude all efforts to classify him.

We Work to Change the World
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Have you ever been in the middle of your day, stressed out and in a panic over what you need to do, and begin to wonder why you even care? I mean, it’s just a job, right?

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • Curt Day

    I would like to respond to the Russell Kirk quote with a Chris Hedges quote,

    Idols are always about self-worship. The idols subvert the equality that protects us from tyranny and injustice…

    • You counter Russell Kirk with Hedges? Really? If we quote Edmund Burke will you counter with Beavis and Butt-Head?

      • Curt Day

        Are you into labels and names or are you into substance? Go ahead and show how what I quoted from him is false.

        • Marc Vander Maas

          Perhaps if you show how what you quoted from him is relevant…

          • Curt Day

            John’s reaction already shows the relevance. It was a mindless lashing out which indicates a perception of something he valued being threatened.

            BTW, if you go to the article, you will see that I already posted a comment that shows the relevance.

          • Marc Vander Maas

            I think you might be overstating things a bit when you assert that a quote from Chris Hedges somehow “threatens” something that John values. I’m pretty sure that Russell Kirk can hold his own against Hedges.

          • Curt Day

            We’re not talking about a pro wrestling match where we pick our favorite wrestler and hope our guys wins and the other guy loses. We are talking about the exchange of ideas where each person has things to contribute and things to learn.

            BTW, I was referring to John’s reaction, not Kirk’s. John’s reaction was a mindless lashing out because something he valued was challenged.

          • Marc Vander Maas


            Your assumption that you have effectively challenged things that we value might just be wrong.

          • Curt Day

            There is no we here, it is just John. John gave a defensive reaction. One possible explanation is that he felt one of his views was challenged. Another explanation is that he is prejudiced. I am sure there are others. Regardless of the explanation, his reaction was mindless.

          • Marc Vander Maas

            1) I am in total agreement with John; therefore there is a “we” here.

            2) the actual explanation is that you posted a completely run of the mill quote from a completely run of the mill leftist in response to a quote from Russell Kirk, who, like him or not, was an extremely consequential conservative thinker of the 20th century. Additionally, the completely run of the mill quote that you posted is – at best – barely related to the subject being addressed by Kirk in his quote. To paraphrase Bryce Harper, that’s a clown quote, bro.

          • Curt Day

            That is fine that you are in agreement.

            As for your “run of the mill leftist” comment, I understand that using insults is a substitute for refusing to logically engage in what was said. Though I wish I could be so “run of the mill” as Hedges. I know you are above that and since you are, I just wanted to ask what did you do with the pulitzer prize you won for being a war correspondent?

          • Marc Vander Maas

            Because a Pulitzer Prize is evidence of rightness in all things.


          • Curt Day

            Pulitzer prizes certainly do not imply that one is right in all things. However, one doesn’t have to be right in all things to avoid being run of the mill. And responding with insults does nothing to prove someone is wrong in any particular instance.

          • Marc Vander Maas

            I’d quibble with your characterization of my referring to Hedges as “run of the mill” as an insult, but, whatever.

          • Curt Day

            Sorry Marc, you made the reference in a disparaging way and, considering his accomplishments, the reference was false anyway. If you want to target a run of the mill leftist, then I am your man.

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