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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.
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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