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170. Culture From the Conservative Perspective – Alan Cornett Interview

Today, many people don’t understand what it means to be conservative. In fact, the whole conservative perspective is often misrepresented and misunderstood. However, I think that is largely due to to bad branding rather than bad arguments. Here, you’ll get a great discussion about culture with Alan Cornett, creator of the Cultural Debris Podcast and the Eat Kentucky Podcast.

In this conversation, we covered a bunch of topics related to culture. Here’s some of what we discussed:

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What is the Conservative Perspective?

“All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.”

– G.K. Chesterton

Basically, the conservative perspective is to hold onto what works until there’s sufficient reason to turn away from it. Rather than casting aside anything old, the conservative seeks to cherish, uplift, and celebrate traditions. Instead of severing the link between ourselves and our ancestors, the conservative works to strengthen those bonds.

In order to understand our culture fully, we must know how conservatives and liberals approach the different problems facing us. Where do they put the strongest emphasis? How do they understand and tackle problems? In this episode, I get a thoughtful, conservative perspective on the culture.

Russell Kirk’s Influence on Conservatism

“Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.”

– Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind was instrumental in shaping the next half-century of conservative thought. Although conservatism has a bad brand, it is a tough philosophy to contend with. Over his lifetime, Kirk worked hard to forward conservatism and argued in favor of the conservative approach.

236. Materialism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Conversation of Our Generation

According to Wikepedia, "Materialism is a form of philosophical monism that holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes (such as the biochemistry of the human brain and nervous system), without which they cannot exist. This concept directly contrasts with idealism, where mind and consciousness are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary." Valid Concerns and Good Points At first, it seems to make sense. Much of what we encounter is material. Our food, light, furniture, etc. is all material. It would be easy at first glance to think everything boils down to what is material. But, does that really comport with what we experience and know? Errors of Materialism Materialism leaves out a large chunk of the human experience. First, it fails, like naturalism, to fully account for the supernatural and the spiritual. And, in doing so, it denies free will and many other parts of our experience that are products of the spirit. Also, materialism doesn't allow for the abstract truths we know to be. Moral truths, natural laws, beauty, and even some mathematical truths can't exist if everything is material. So, materialism fails to explain all that we know about the world. Corrections There is more to the world than just the material. It doesn't fit with our understanding of the world. We experience more than just the material in art and music, as well as abstract concepts. We also experience the phenomenon of free will, which is impossible in a materialist world. In order to fully comport with reality, we need to take into account more than material things. In order to fully experience the world, we have to take account for the non-material parts of our lives. Related Episodes in this Series What is Objective Reality? What is Subjective Reality? Unity of Subject and Object The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
  1. 236. Materialism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
  2. 235. Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
  3. 234. The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality
  4. 233. Is Patriotism Good? | Reflections on the 4th of July
  5. 232. Unity of Subject and Object

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