Tag: Conservatism

The Long Defeat: In Further Defence of Conservatism

Last November, I wrote an article for the Burkean entitled "In Defence of Conservatism". It drew two responses, one in December of that year ("Rebuking Conservatism", 07/12/2020) and one nine months later ("Does Conservatism Pave the Way for Progressivism", 11/09/2021)....

Are the Taliban Burkean Conservatives?

A Historicist Revolt in Jurisprudence “The Guilty Have No Past” – Death in June Edmund Burke’s ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ cemented, in the eyes of conventional scholars and lay people alike, his place as the father of modern...

/ 22/08/2021

A Dialogue with Republicans

Following a number of exchanges between this publication and authors of The Pensive Quill regarding the relationship between right-wing Nationalists and the left-wing of Republicanism as of late, I found myself again considering how it has come to be that...

/ 16/01/2021

In Defence of Conservatism

About twelve years ago, I wrote a fantasy novel by the title The Black Feather. It remains unpublished, which I put down to the fact that it is unpublishable — not to mention unreadable. It was a blast of the...

To be a Conservative is to be Unthinking

This might come to a surprise seeing a title like this published in a journal like The Burkean, but it’ll make sense if I elaborate on it more. I’ve never been at ease with the word, and I feel like...

/ 05/11/2020

A Catholic and Traditional Conservative Critique of Neoliberalism

Recognizing the disastrous history of totalitarian regimes, R. Reagan and M. Thatcher minimized the government and promoted free market, thinking they would give more liberty to the individual and prevent the rise of totalitarianism. But evidently, they had 'forgotten' about...

/ 02/11/2020

Nationalism as a Moral Order

Every society needs its rules, what is permissible and what is not.  This was provided by non-State actors previously, like the Church. Nowadays the agents of International Capital are the arbiters of social mores. They deem what is good and...

/ 17/09/2020

The Oireachtas Euthanasia Bill is Hypocritical Amid Corona Crisis

A matter of perhaps supreme irony amid the current corona crisis is the appearance of a Bill on the Oireachtas floor to legalise euthanasia in the Republic as well as the support it has received from the media galleries. While...

/ 15/09/2020

The Weight of Banality

Facts don’t care about your feelings. The phrase, associated with the American right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro, has by now become something of a cliché among conservatives. It’s usually aimed at “snowflake” liberals who (as the theory goes) prioritise emotion over...

Christmas: A Conservative Festival

Once a year, the modern world indulges in a celebration of everything it usually disdains: family, nostalgia, tradition, sentimentality, innocence, festivity, ceremony, and even (albeit usually indirectly) religion. Christmas is the annual return of the repressed, on a societal level....