Russell Kirk: Champion of the Permanent Things

Though typically thought of as a founder of post-World War II conservatism, Russell Kirk’s great accomplishment was less bounded by a parochial time period. This accomplishment was to establish the continuity of conservative thought from Edmund Burke (in some ways, much further back) to the present day. He was, after all, a champion of the “permanent things” spoken of by T.S. Eliot and revived in conservative thought an understanding of the debt our society owes to the past and the legacy we must pass on to our descendants.

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