Gerald Russello

Gerald J. Russello is editor of The University Bookman (www.kirkcenter.org).

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  • A Question of Dots
    September 19, 2018

    A Question of Dots

    The Watchers is a well-written and gripping account of the emergence of the “surveillance state,” seen primarily through the prism of John Poindexter’s career.

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  • The Declaration Now—and Then
    September 13, 2018

    The Declaration Now—and Then

    In 1996, Barry Alan Shain published his Myth of American Individualism: The Protestant Origins of American Political Thought. It was a book that should have shaken professional conservatism to its foundations.

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  • November 29, 2017

    The Seedbed of Renewal

    Many people who consider themselves conservative are woefully ignorant of the culture they claim to defend. The list of causes is long: Television has largely destroyed storytelling, public school denigrates the idea of a common culture, and the internet has killed off lingering remnants of community.

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  • Conservatism in the Time of Trump
    February 2017

    Conservatism in the Time of Trump

    The election of Donald Trump has upended the expectations of what paleoconservatives and others have long called Conservatism, Inc. The influence of establishment conservatism all but evaporated during the primaries, as its chosen champions fell one by one.

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  • The Declaration Now—and Then
    June 2016

    The Declaration Now—and Then

    In 1996, Barry Alan Shain published his Myth of American Individualism: The Protestant Origins of American Political Thought. It was a book that should have shaken professional conservatism to its foundations.

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  • Two Experiments
    October 2015

    Two Experiments

    It is a commonplace among American conservatives that, at some point in the past, the way Americans understood their constitutional and cultural tradition diverged from the reality of the constitutional order established in 1787.

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  • The Ability to See
    November 2014

    The Ability to See

    Through books on subjects ranging from wine to hunting, music to environmentalism, British philosopher Roger Scruton has constructed a multifaceted attack on liberalism.

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  • The Uses of American Government
    April 2014

    The Uses of American Government

    That the republic has degenerated from a Protestant-inflected localized republic to a centralized bureaucratic imperial state is something most conservatives take for granted. The reason for such a transformation, however, sometimes becomes more assumed than proved.

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  • The Agrarian Burden
    October 2013

    The Agrarian Burden

    Recently, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute hosted a panel discussion on the “great books of conservatism,” among which was Richard Weaver’s 1948 work Ideas Have Consequences.

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  • March 2013

    Mr. Eliot's Double Life

    These two massive volumes—the first published originally in 1988, the second now joining it with much fanfare—chronicle the period during which T.S. Eliot developed from the scion of a prosperous Midwestern family to the poet of The Waste Land and “Prufrock,” but also to a banker and one-man editorial staff of a fledgling new journal of “cosmopolitan tendencies and international standards,” The Criterion, which would attract writers across Europe.

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  • The Seedbed of Renewal
    November 2011

    The Seedbed of Renewal

    Many people who consider themselves conservative are woefully ignorant of the culture they claim to defend. The list of causes is long: Television has largely destroyed storytelling, public school denigrates the idea of a common culture, and the internet has killed off lingering remnants of community.

    Read More
  • A Question of Dots
    September 2010

    A Question of Dots

    The Watchers is a well-written and gripping account of the emergence of the “surveillance state,” seen primarily through the prism of John Poindexter’s career.

    Read More
  • November 2009

    Who Are You? The Law of Status

    What do veterans, drug users, children, and suspected terrorists have in common? They all have specialized courts to deal with them and their legal issues. Illinois has become the latest state to set up a special “veterans’ court” to handle veterans charged with nonviolent crimes.

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  • Whispers From Kirk
    September 2007

    Whispers From Kirk

    Stan Evans has described bodies of thought as having “lifecycles”; they emerge, thrive for a while, and, unless continually nourished, eventually hollow out and pass away. Having reached the end of its lifecycle, liberalism, as a coherent body of thought, is dead.

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  • August 2007

    Statement of Confusion

    “Catholic Members of Congress Express Concern Over Church Sanctions,” the press-release headline blared. Finally, I thought, Catholic politicians are waking up to the increasingly tight legal restrictions being brought to bear on religious groups.

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  • January 2007

    The Education Mantra

    Back in October, Democrats and Republicans, following the release of the nation’s employment numbers by the U.S. Department of Labor, retreated into their usual preelection fantasia.

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  • The Fixer
    November 1995

    The Fixer

    This new biography of one of the great "fixers" in American political life, James F. Byrnes, creates the impression of an American Ozymandias, proclaiming by example the ephemerality of human greatness.

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  • Real Jews
    September 1994

    Real Jews

    Exploration of the relationship between Jews and America is far from complete, at least among Jewish conservatives, who do not rely on their religious traditions as explicitly as do some among the Christian right.

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  • A New Campaign

    Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, recently said at a press conference: "We have the knowledge and the technology to prevent the spread [of AIDS].

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  • January 1994

    The Latest Rage

    "Real life" crime shows are the latest rage on American television. Feeding on this fury, there is now for sale an encyclopedia of crime, where one can examine the "true stories" of deranged persons like Jeffrey Dahmer.

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