I have been waiting to read the new biography of Russell Kirk by Brad Birzer for many months and am hopeful to read it very soon. Russell Kirk was one of the old style conservatives who wrote The Conservative Mind in 1953 which was a trend setter for the modern conservative movement. According to Brad Birzer, Kirk was rather disinterested in politics with two lone exceptions. The first was in the late 1950s and 1960s when he advised Barry Goldwater who was in his early terms as a senator for Arizona and supported his nomination for President 1964 which was unsuccessful. Dr. Birzer wrote a piece in the Imaginative Conservative that goes into detail on how Kirk supported Goldwater. The next time he involved himself in the political realm was toward the end of his life when he chided the neoconvervatives for their support of the First Gulf War. As Gerald R. Russello stated in 2004 in the New York Sun:
He did not believe that the complex of customs, traditions, and norms we know as constitutional democracy could be packaged and exported to other cultures, especially under force.
Kirk died in 2004, but not before he left us with a great legacy and a pile of wisdom that will take years to pore over. Brizer’s biography on Kirk is available from Amazon.com in hardback and Kindle formats. It is an essential read and I hope many will enjoy its pages.