When the term conservative is raised, who comes to mind? Perhaps, if there are two grandfathers of the modern political conservatism movement they would be William F. Buckley, author, TV host, and publisher of National Review and President Ronald Reagan. Yet, who would they look to as their ideal conservative. It is highly probable that they would have suggested influential author and political theorist Russell Kirk. In 1953 it was Kirk who penned, “The Conservative Mind” which is considered a foundational part of the modern conservative movement. Though you may not have read anything like this since your college days, Kirk’s 10 Conservative Principles is well worth studying, and still highly relevant today. It also reveals that many who claim the label of conservative, or claim “x” to be a conservative issue, fall far from being a true conservative individual or cause.