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Return to Book Page. In this classic title, Kirk outlines ten principles of prudnca thought, summarizes ten vital conservative books, and offers brief accounts of ten eminent, internationally important conservatives. Written by the founder of twentieth-century conservatism in America, Kirk’s The Politics of Prudence reflects several decades of learning, travel, and practical politics. Paperback2nd Editionpoltiva. Published by ISI Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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The Politics Of Prudence by Russell Kirk

Lists with This Book. Jul 01, Bill Kerwin rated it liked it. Inwhen the elected officials who still call prucncia conservatives opportunistically embrace the brash showmanship, mendacity, and chaotic iconoclasm of Trump, it is instructive to remember what the term “conservative” once stood for.

Inwhen he was in his ’70’s, Russell Kirk, the intellectual father of prdncia American conservatism–and, no, I haven’t forgotten about Buckley and Goldwater–published this collection of essays, almost forty years after his seminal work The Conservati Kkrkwhen the elected officials who still call themselves conservatives opportunistically embrace the brash showmanship, mendacity, and chaotic iconoclasm of Trump, it is instructive to remember what the term “conservative” once stood for.

Inwhen he was in his ’70’s, Russell Kirk, the intellectual father of modern American conservatism–and, no, I haven’t forgotten about Buckley and Goldwater–published this collection of essays, almost forty years after his seminal work The Conservative Mind.

Among other things, he makes the point that conservatism is not an ideology, but the art of the possible, that it does not seek polfica change, but respects poltuca institutions and strives to preserve what is best in them. He reserves some of his harshest criticisms for the neoconservatives, whom he fears may soon transform conservatism into an ideology, and who, by their naive advocacy of the enforced exportation of “democratic capitalism,” may enmire the USA in military conflicts just as deadly and debilitating as Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam.

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Even more important, though, is what is tells us about the origins of today’s so-called “conservatives,” and how very far these reactionaries have strayed from their intellectual home. There is nothing, however, in Kirk’s writings which predicts anything comparable to Trump. As smart as he was, the old man could not conceive the degenerate, dishonest thing his movement would on day become.

Mar 01, EJ rated it it was amazing. I have always considered myself a conservative-though I must admit, I may not have always been sure what it truly meant to be a conservative. Oh, sure, I thought I knew.

Of course, being a conservative means that you love America, you value freedom and liberty, you are against the government, unless it’s run by republicansyou are for the promotion of democracy abroad, you loathe taxes, after all you worked hard for that money!

O’ I have always considered myself a conservative-though I must admit, I may not have always been sure what it truly meant to be a conservative.

O’ the sweet naivety of youthful innocence! In The Politics of Prudence, Russell Kirk, the great thinker of the modern conservative movement, extra emphasis on the word ‘thinker’ outlines a list of suggestions for the young men and women of the rising generation how they might renew American politics and society.


In short, rescue the country and the world from suicide. Above all, Kirk states that conservatism is a state of mind. It adheres to the principles of “custom, conviction, and continuity,” and prudence, one of the classic “Four Cardinal Virtues”. Conservatism is not to be confused with ideology, for the latter is political fanaticism.

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An ideologue works towards the “earthly paradise”, because for him, this material life is the be all, end all. His sights are always fixated on utopian visions and he believes that we can shape and mold human nature to fit that vision and remake man’s image anew.

A conservative, au contraire, believes that human nature is fixed and imperfect, perfection being unattainablethat this life is not all that there is.

The conservative believes in an enduring moral order, and that we should conform as best as possible to it. He does not envision the earthly paradise, because he knows that all visions of utopia lead not to ‘paradise’ but to a very real, “earthy hell. Also, even if the utopia was attainable, we should not want to achieve it.

For as Kirk puts it, “in such a utopia, no freedom at all would survive, and humanity would expire of boredom and license.

The Politics Of Prudence

Ideologues are incapable of compromise, because they cannot see outside of their own narrow view. Anything outside their ideology is considered darn near heresy. Take for example our current political climate in Washington. On the left, if you are against abortion, then you must be a woman-hating, sexist. If you hold views contrary to the advocates for same-sex marriage, then you are obviously a homophobe kifk a bigot. This sort of ideology is not confined to the left, though.

For conservatives are very susceptible to the traps of ideology as well. In fact, the entire book is written for conservatives, especially the “new conservatives”, or neo-cons, whom Kirk reserves the harshest of his criticisms for.

Neo-conservatives are conservatives, who Kirk says often confuse the U. Many are also disenchanted radicals from the ‘s. Neo-con David Horowitz springs to mind. Their insistence on exporting the doctrine of “democratic-capitalism”, a system that is a contradiction in terms, to every point of russfll globe runs the risk of making America hated everywhere. Constitution is not for export and so-called democracy does not always work for every walk of life and culture, especially in places where no history of such government has ever been known.

Further, the ‘Wilsonian’ doctrine of using America’s troops to make the world “safe for democracy” will no sooner have the United States with a sole trading partner of Switzerland. Kirk says that with the fall of the Russelk Union, America stands the chance to become a good power in the world, provided we don’t swagger about the globe waving our “flag” in everyone else’s face, and attempting to replace a Soviet hegemony with an American one.

In retrospect, we can see we didn’t heed his words. One wonders what Kirk’s assessment of both the Bush and Obama administrations would be like. Another of Kirk’s “victims” are the little factions known as Libertarians, who are really more like libertines. He praises some of them, but they are libertarians who are really conservatives at heart.

Libertarians have bought into the ruinous ideas of J. Mill, and Jeremy Bentham, who advanced a doctrine of utilitarianism, and are really the disciples of radicals like Rousseau. While some of their causes may be admirable, a true union of conservatives and libertarians is wishful thinking at best. Throughout the book Kirk offers us detailed descriptions on various “conservative minds” in history such as; the poet T.


Eliot, the southern agrarians, like Donald Davidson, the former communist Malcolm Muggeridge, and the economist Wilhelm Roepke. We are introduced to their ideas like Eliot’s defense of the “Permanent Things”, Davidson’s attack on leviathan, and Roepke’s humane economy. Kirk also suggests for conservatives, 10 books to read that will help, those who endeavor to do so gain a better understanding of conservatism.

Some are out of print, but can be found with a little searching in used bookstores, or gotten through sites like ISIbooks, and The Imaginative Conservative. Others are in the public domain and available through Google Books and Project Gutenberg, those free sites for old book lovers. Kirk takes on such topics as foreign policy, education, culture, and government, and how conservatives should approach each.

He reminds us that the purposes of higher education for example, is to develop a philosophical habit of mind and instill in oneself wisdom and truth, and not to obtain “job skills”, distinguishes the differences between the proletarian and the “working man”, and warns of government overreach, with a few comedic anecdotes I might add. The final chapter is an epilogue, which is a plea to the rising generation to “redeem the time”. He instructs how young men and women can in fact save the world from suicide and it starts by first changing themselves.

Why, begin by brightening the corner where you are, by improving one human unit, yourself, and by helping your neighbor. The Politics of Prudence is a ‘nugget’ of a book from one of the greatest conservative minds in history, of course I have not forgotten about Buckley. It is full of a vast array of knowledge, wisdom, and truth, and should be read by anyone who calls themselves a conservative, especially the younger variety.

If I had to say anything critical, I would only say that it was written in the early ‘s, so some things may seem dated now, but that is something that I am willing to forgive.

It may seem the period of renewal that Kirk talked about has passed us by, but we must remember that it is never too late for those who prefer to defend the “Permanent Things” from their enemies to rise up and as Kirk put it, “redeem the time” and save the world from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Read it and which is more I am so sad that I waited so long to read these tremendous essays gifted to me so long ago by G Moots.

If you read this review then read the book. An essential book for anyone who is, wishes to be, or wishes to understand real conservatism. A powerful antidote to mere ideology, and a brilliant explanation of prudence and principle.

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