Alternatives to the Benedict Notion for Like-Minded People

I think we’re fortunate in that people in our time are feeling a widespread desire to revive traditional culture. Whether it’s food, or art, or religion, or parenting, we’re swinging back from the ultra-modern chrome age in which everything was supposed to be new and advanced, to a more epochosyncretist era. The Benedict Option is…

My Reaction to the Benedict Option

My family was part of something like an ICC, and I was talking about a refinement of the idea, a “monastery for families,” at least 12 years ago. Most of the people I know have some kind of experience with this idea. My point? Well… the book is a nice bit of marketing, to say the…

The Virtuous Artist: His Growth and Rarity (Illustration)

Do read the chart from bottom to top, please! I’m looking forward to a more detailed discussion, perhaps of individual artists. Michael’s question about Albrecht Durer sent me looking to create a coherent shorthand description of the “territory of value” on which an artist might be placed. I wonder how our readers would place Durer…

Conservatism and Art

Part One Part Two Part Three Since I’ve confessed myself a conservative, a democrat, and a monarchist, how does that affect my artistic philosophy? (For after all, this has largely been a blog about the art of poetry.) I previously defined conservatism as the regard for, habitual reasoning from (or you could say working from)…

Conservatives and The Crown

Part One Part Two By now readers who have stuck with me may be wondering exactly where I fall in the liberal-conservative continuum. Well, if I were the kind of person who can be content to fall on a point in any continuum, I wouldn’t have leapt off the Protestant-Catholic seesaw to join the exotic and…

Liberals and the Common Man

Part One This discussion will follow from the conclusions and definitions offered in the preceding discussion. There, I defined conservatism as holding values that are so basic to human nature you don’t need to be especially sophisticated to understand and feel them. I identified liberality as one of those values, but noted that it requires…