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More than 'Irritable Mental Gestures': Russell Kirk's Challenge to Liberalism, 1950-1960

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Neither practice, thought Kirk, could give a liberalism any real staying power. [...] he argued, Liberalism is expiring under our very eyes for lack of the higher imagination.

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									                      More than ‘Irritable Mental Gestures’:
                              Russell Kirk’s Challenge to
                                     Liberalism, 1950–1960
                                                                          Bradley J. Birzer
                                                                                         Hillsdale College




                   Liberalism “is now fading out of the world,” Russell Kirk pro-
Philosophically,   claimed in 1955 in the liberal Catholic periodical Commonweal.
Kirk wrote,        “And I believe that the ephemeral character of the liberal move-
liberalism
lacked stayi
								
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