Robert Nisbet: Sociologist, Scholar, Conservative

Nineteen fifty-three was a watershed year for conservative intellectual scholarship. The roots of modern conservatism were formed that year with the publications of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, William F. Buckley’s God and Man at Yale, Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics, and Robert Nisbet’s The Quest for Community. Following on the heels of Friedrich Hayek’s monumentally jarring defense of liberty in 1948’s The Road to Serfdom, these four books in that one year created an intellectual foundation and legacy the American conservative movement stands upon today. Robert Nisbet was perhaps the quietest of the group but, in the opinion of many conservative scholars, the most profound – perhaps second only to Russell Kirk.

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