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November 27, 2015

Intercollegiate Review Archive

Volume 36, Number 1-2
Fall 2000/Spring 2001


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Special Section: The Foundations of Compassionate Conservatism

  • Compassionate Conservatism: Ten Lessons from the New Agrarians
    Allan C. Carlson
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  • Compassionate Conservatism Rightly Understood: Self-Interest in a Humane Economy
    Bruce Frohnen
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  • Liberalism, Civil Society, and the Promise of Compassionate Conservatism
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  • “Canon” Ricks, a review of The Oxford Book of English Verse
    M. D. Aeschliman
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  • The Word in the Desert, a review of At War with the Word and A Student’s Guide to Literature
    Glenn C. Arbery
  • Ascending on the Wings of Piety, a review of Growing Wings to Overcome Gravity
    John Attarian
  • Counting the Costs of Ideology, a review of The Black Book of Communism
    Thomas F. Bertonneau
  • A Man in Full, a review of Russell Kirk: A Critical Biography
    Morgan N. Knull


It took a long time, almost an entire century, for this dying of the Communist appeal and this fading of Wilsonianism; but this was not because of their innate strength. It had taken so long because, despite superficial impressions, the movement of ideas in this democratic century has been very slow. Consider only how, in the face of contrary evidence, intellectuals all over the world could or would not revise or abandon their sympathies for Marxism.... That unwillingness of so many people to change their minds has been typical of this century, and not only in its politics. Seventy years ago not only Marx but Darwin, Freud, Picasso, Stravinsky, Einstein were seen as the intellectual giants of our times. So they were fifty or sixty years later; most of them even now. Compare this stagnant list with that of the so-called stodgy nineteenth century. What a difference between Goethe and Nietzsche, Scott and Wilde, Chateaubriand and Ibsen, Rossini and Debussy— not to speak of Wagner.…
—John Lukacs

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