Principium Volume I, Book 2, Quote

164. So the Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, are not a set of harsh prohibitions imposed by an arbitrary tribal deity. Instead, they are liberating rules that enable a people to diminish the tyranny of sin; that teach a people how to live with one another and in relation with God, how to restrain violence and fraud, how to know justice and to raise themselves above the level of predatory animals.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974


169. From this Puritan inheritance, this transplanted Hebrew tradition,…the higher law…; the concept of the competent and responsible individual; certain key ingredients of economic individualism; the insistence on a citizenry educated to understand its rights and duties; and the middle-class virtues, that high plateau of moral stability on which, so [many] Americans believe, successful democracy must always build.

- Clinton Rossiter, 1917-1970



2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Principium Volume III, Book 13, Quote 1331 and 1334

1331. (3-3-2011) (The book “On Power” is going to be much more cerebral and feel abstract, but lend your mental faculties to it and bits of truth begin to come. Like the leaks in a dam, dike, or levy,