Imagination against Ideology

Kirk, Russell
December 1980
National Review;12/31/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 26, p1576
The article comments on aspects of imagination and ideology in relation to the U.S. politics and government, as of December 1980. The author argues that U.S. education is a failure and that the most dismal shortcoming of U.S. schooling has been the national refusal to nurture the imagination. It discusses T.S. Elliot's suggestion that men of political affairs should become acquainted with men of thought and letters, citing the case of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Views on the nature and menace of ideology in relation to U.S. politics are presented.


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