Veneration withers upon the pavements.

“The modern spectacle of vanished forests and eroded lands, wasted petroleum and ruthless mining, national debts recklessly increased until they are repudiated, and continual revision of positive law, is evidence of what an age without veneration does to itself and its successors.”- Russell Kirk, whilst discussing Edmund Burke, in The Conservative Mind

In this passage, Kirk laments the rapacity of industrial liberalism. Yet, today’s conservatism take positions that only further the damages Kirk broaches. How have we, in only half of a century, come to reject the fundamentals of our alleged ideology? Despite all the talk amongst conservatives of Christian values and their serving God, veneration remains non-existent. The Right has rejected all that it once held holy for intense urbanization and the industrial and post-industrial societies. God has not abandoned man, but we, it seems, have deserted Him through our treatment of the earth upon which he planted us.

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  1. […] aware of the concerns of the present day: environmental degradation (which, as I noted long ago, Kirk lamented), corporate(-government collusion-caused) distortion of the market, aesthetic debasement, […]

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