Cavalier Club

For the Restoration of Culture 

We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance. – Joseph-Marie, Comte de Maistre
The Cavalier Club for the Restoration of Culture is an association dedicated to the cultivation, preservation and advancement of the greater principles of Western Civilization.  We intend to provide our peers with a forum in which to discuss ideas often found outside the typical discourse in the political culture of the United States, focusing on such topics as classical conservatism, alternative economics, and what Dr. Russell Kirk called “the Permanent Things.”  Through this effort, we accomplish the ends of the Hillsdale College Honor Code by enhancing our commitment to a traditional liberal arts education.
We seek to fortify the virtues required for citizens of the 21st century to defend the greater principles of Western Civilization, educate one another on those principles, and elevate the political, religious, and philosophical discourse at Hillsdale College through the presentation of ideas often found outside the mainstream conversation.
The Greater Principles of the West we seek to preserve (including, but not limited to):
Alternative Economics for Faith and Family: Looking beyond capitalism and socialism, idea systems such as distributism, corporatism, and agrarianism present challenges to the dichotomy confronting the West today.
Classical Conservatism—Elements of Continental Thought: We believe the political, religious and philosophical discourse at Hillsdale College would profit greatly from a more frequent discussion of the ideas of such thinkers in the conservative tradition as Joseph de Maistre, St. Augustine of Hippo, Louis de Bonald, G.K. Chesterton, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Robert Nisbet, Hilaire Belloc, Richard Weaver, Wilhelm Röpke, Heinrich Pesch, St. Thomas Aquinas and Russell Kirk.  Through the presentation of guest speakers, faculty panels, and the Scholastic “Disputation” model, our organization hopes to promote everything from the “Permanent Things” of Kirk to the unwritten constitutions defended by Maistre.
Arts, Aesthetics and Manners: As G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Art is the signature of man.”  We want to investigate the accomplishments, experiences and inspirations of great Western artists and disciplines.  We also seek to examine the traditional arts, aesthetics, manner and mores of Western society.
Tradition: Pursuant to the principles of the great men mentioned above, our organization seeks to expound on those greater Western traditions that we believe advance the intended ends of our duty to become honorable citizens worthy of the pursuit of our traditional liberal arts education at Hillsdale College.
Student Leader: Daniel Spiotta
Advisor: Allan Carlson