Magazine May 20, 2019, Issue

Russell Kirk, a Conservative Guide for Our Times

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Russell Kirk’s Concise Guide to Conservatism, by Russell Kirk (Regnery Gateway, 128 pp., $16.99)

In 1957, four years after his Conservative Mind had been published to great acclaim, Russell Kirk wrote a letter to former president Herbert Hoover. Kirk mentioned that he had a new book coming out in the spring. It would be, he said, “a species of retort against Bernard Shaw,” the author of The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism some decades before. Kirk’s title: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Conservatism.

That slim book has now been republished as Russell Kirk’s Concise Guide to Conservatism, with a new introduction by historian Wilfred M. McClay. It comes at an opportune moment. As

This article appears as “Ideology’s Enemy” in the May 20, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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