#24: Russell Kirk and the Reinvigoration of American Conservatism (full hour)
Description: In the 1950s America was emerging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and was facing the rise of radical ideologies worldwide. The American Right seemed beaten, broken and adrift. From this chaos emerged Russell Kirk’s masterpiece “The Conservative Mind.” The book became the intellectual touchstone for a reinvigorated conservative movement. Brad Birzer joins us to investigate the life and work of the man known as the founder of American postwar conservatism.
Brad Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College. He’s the co-founder of the Imaginative Conservative and progarchy.com and a fellow of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He’s the author of Russell Kirk: American Conservative, JRR Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth and other books and serves on the Boards of the Free Enterprise Institute and the Center for Cultural Renewal.