Chronicles Magazine July 1987

Cultural Conservation

A few years back, when the air was fresh and the world was new, some of us thought that the election of Ronald Reagan was only the beginning of the beginning of "morning in America." It is a common mistake.

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  • VIEWS

    Transcendent Memory

    The significance of the past—the past of a minute or an hour ago, 100 years ago, or 5,000 years ago—is of consuming interest to me; many writers are concerned with the effects of time on people and institutions. The past provides writers with...

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    A Superfluous Man

    One of the hazards of Washington life is the risk of running into people whose politics is their religion. You see them everywhere at receptions, eyes blazing with unhallowed fire, proselytizing for a cause whose victory is always within sight.

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  • REVIEWS

    Past and Present

    A steady flow of scholarly works on the intellectual roots of modern conservatism has appeared since the 1950's. Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind was and remains the best and the best-known of such books, but similar studies by Peter Viereck,...

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    Unraveling the Remnant

    For years, or at least for that stretch of time between the heady days of Theodore Roosevelt and the hapless days of Jimmy Carter, something called the Eastern establishment benevolently ruled over America.

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    Old Babbitts Die Hard

    The most prominent buildings of a civilization speak eloquently of what it esteems. The great medieval cathedrals of France rose in splendor over their Gothic towns, and the upward pull of their inner space offered otherworldly consolation to the...

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