Conservative thought leaders

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Where to turn for ideas

  • Individual Thought Leaders
    1. Michelle Malkin
    2. Barbara Anderson
    3. Ann Coulter
    4. Monica Crowley
    5. Laura Ingraham
    6. Tomi Lauren
    7. Peggy Noonan
    8. Rush Limbaugh
    9. Thomas Sowell
    10. John Bolton
    11. Michael Barone
    12. Glenn Beck
    13. Mark Levin
    14. Grover Norquist
    15. Newt Gingrich
    16. Sean Hannity
    17. Jonah Goldberg
    18. Charles Krauthammer
    19. Michael Savage
    20. George Will
    21. Michael Medved
    22. Paul Ryan
    23. Howie Carr
    24. Jeff Kuhner
    25. +Many of our Presidential Contenders
  • Conservative Media Outlets
    1. The Wall Street Journal (editorial page)
    2. Investors Business Daily (editorial page)
    4. Fox News
    5. The Blaze
    6. Drudge Report
  • Conservative Think Tanks
    1. FAIR: Federation for American Immigration Reform
    3. Citizens for Limited Taxation
    4. The Hoover Institution
    5. Freedom House
    6. The Heritage Foundation
    7. The American Enterprise Institute

Conservative Pioneers Kirk and Buckley

Kirk and Buckley

Mr. Russell Kirk and
Mr. William F. Buckley, Icons of the Conservative movement.

This page is dedicated to Russell Kirk, influential thought leader for the Conservative movement.

"Change and reform, conservatives are convinced, are not identical: moral and political innovation can be destructive as well as beneficial; and if innovation is undertaken in a spirit of presumption and enthusiasm, probably it will be disastrous.

All human institutions alter to some extent from age to age, for slow change is the means of conserving society, just as it is the means for renewing the human body. But American conservatives endeavor to reconcile the growth and alteration essential to our life with the strength of our social and moral traditions. With Lord Falkland, they say, “When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.” They understand that men and women are best content when they can feel that they live in a stable world of enduring values.Conservatism, then, is not simply the concern of the people who have much property and influence; it is not simply the defense of privilege and status. Most conservatives are neither rich nor powerful. But they do, even the most humble of them, derive great benefits from our established Republic. They have liberty, security of person and home, equal protection of the laws, the right to the fruits of their industry, and opportunity to do the best that is in them. They have a right to personality in life, and a right to consolation in death.

Conservative principles shelter the hopes of everyone in society. And conservatism is a social concept important to everyone who desires equal justice and personal freedom and all the lovable old ways of humanity. Conservatism is not simply a defense of “capitalism.” (“Capitalism,” indeed, is a word coined by Karl Marx, intended from the beginning to imply that the only thing conservatives defend is vast accumulations of private capital.) But the true conservative does stoutly defend private property and a free economy, both for their own sake and because these are means to great ends.

Those great ends are more than economic and more than political. They involve human dignity, human personality, human happiness. They involve even the relationship between God and man. For the radical collectivism of our age is fiercely hostile to any other authority: modern radicalism detests religious faith, private virtue, traditional personality, and the life of simple satisfactions. Everything worth conserving is menaced in our generation. Mere unthinking negative opposition to the current of events, clutching in despair at what we still retain, will not suffice in this age. A conservatism of instinct must be reinforced by a conservatism of thought and imagination."

-Russell Kirk

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