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In the spring of 1750, he crossed the Irish Sea to study law at the Middle Temple in London. Losing interest in becoming an attorney, he moved for a while in literary circles, then entered the political arena as secretary to Lord Rockingham, leader of the Whig Party and sometime prime minister, more often leader of the opposition. Burke later served in the House of Commons and held middle level government appointments. His real significance, though, was as the intellectual leader of the Whig cause.
His belief in individual thought and creativity were too strong for him to want any conservative equivalent of Marxist orthodoxy. Yet, he did realize that there had to be clear principles that characterize the movement and draw people together. This is an apparent contradiction, but it is an achievable balance, one which he explained carefully. Somewhat concised, the canons are as follows: 1. Belief in a transcendent order, or body of natural law, which rules society as well as conscience. Political problems, at bottom, are religious and moral problems.
Eliot. In addition, he founded and edited Modern Age and The University Bookman. Kirk’s fictional novels and short stories provided him with enjoyment, an alternative way to reach people with his ideas, and income. He wrote three full-length novels: Old House of Fear, A Creature of the Twilight, and Lord of the Hollow Dark. His numerous short stories were collected into six volumes. The content of Kirk’s writings will be developed in the next section. Evening Kirk’s physical vigor and endurance held up well into the last few years of his life.
Russell Kirk by John M. Pafford, John Meadowcroft