Essays in Intellectual and Political History Conservatives
His magnum opus, the three volume Religion and Public Doctrine, while much less highly regarded by his academic colleagues, gives a clear insight into some his other central notions and in particular into the view he took of the dominant trend in ideas and beliefs in the last hundred and fifty years of British history. Its format, a series of short to medium length essays or vignettes on a whole series of intellectuals both famous and obscure, provides an insight into his often scathing take on what he regarded as the secular religion of the contemporary elite and its pieties, doctrines and secular saints (such as his own bete noire J. S. Mill). Perhaps the most acute insight into both his character and beliefs can be got from reading his journalism and reviews, particularly the highly critical ones, which reveal to the fullest a quality of acute analysis combined with feline malice and disdain. The semi-autobiographical first volume in particular of Religion and Public Doctrine lays bare the intellectual influences that shaped his ideas and attitudes during his time as a young man at Cambridge, many of them conservative dons such as Edward Welbourne and Charles Smyth who are forgotten by most today. The most considerable influence intellectually however was Oakeshott.
Essays in Intellectual and Political History ..
Essays in Intellectual and Political History.
Dillard is properly hesitant to provide a definitive answer. She gives multicultural conservatism “little likelihood of a deep and lasting success.” Then again, foundation slush funds can go a long way toward sustaining adherents, few in the 1960s predicted the rise of serious Black intellectual conservatism, and we would be unwise to discount it now.
Black Conservatism: Essays in Intellectual and Political ..
Hence they elect conservative Black officials from time to time and appreciate the symbolism of the Bush cabinet selections. Yet retrograde tax and fiscal policies sure to widen racial inequalities while benefiting the upper crust, when linked to a symbolic politics purporting tolerance and color-blindness, create potent frictions.