I guess the misguided call it whining—the apparent conservative fixation on modern awfulness; on the disappearance of morals, manners, handwritten notes, and neckties, and the concomitant nonstop appearance of . . . shall we just leave it at H. Rodham Clinton? Thanks, I’ll do that.
The misguided require guidance into a loftier understanding of the conservative mission, which centers not on complaint but on affirmation. Complaint occurs in the context of explaining what are the good and right and proper things in life, with a view to their reclamation, their readoption when the time is right for such—as happens to be the case right now, come to think of it.
And what are those right and proper things? Chronicles readers know a thing or two about the ancient virtues. They deserve to know better the contributions of Dr. James A. Patrick to the analysis and advertisement of these virtues. This little book, a bargain at the price, full of wise reflection and gentle, temperate, almost avuncular commentary, sets up the reader for participation in the understanding of what civilization means when it means anything at all.
I know Jim Patrick; Jim Patrick is a friend of mine. He’s been author, practicing architect, Episcopal priest-turned-Roman Catholic layman, founder of a stout liberal-arts college, and, presently, daddy to an admirable community of...