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- We live in a world characterized by a flattened culture and increasingly meaningless freedoms. Little regard is paid to the necessity for those overlapping local and regional groups, communities, and associations that provide a matrix for human flourishing. We’re in a bad way, and the spokesmen and spokeswomen of both our Left and our Right are, for the most part, seriously misguided in their attempts to provide diagnoses, let alone solutions.
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If Americans donâ€™t vote in record numbers in this yearâ€™s election it wonâ€™t be because they havenâ€™t been reminded. Bob Schieffer concluded the third debate with an admonishment to vote. Students continue to rock â€œRock the Voteâ€ buttons, even if…
LEXINGTON, Mass. — …It is not a porch, but a long cement slab that stretches the width of our home, which we make on the lower level of a small brown house, half underground, half exposed to light and wind.
My brother Brett and I were polite but rambunctious children who made a game of killing bees and dumping their carcasses into buckets of rainwater.Â Having heard that bees, like bulls, stirred at the sight of red, we brandished red…
The Baylor University historian, Thomas Kidd, wrote a post recently in his regular column at Patheos about evangelicals who are neither liberal nor comfortable with the GOP. He referred to this group as “paleo evangelical” and mentioned that some of…
Lincoln, I was informed when I was nine years old, freed the slaves. I learned that lesson well; I was an excellent student. Lincoln freed the slaves and, in my northern curriculum, that was that. Reconstruction, Redemption, sharecropping, the bought…
Kate has captured nicely a kind of sexual nihilism regnant in contemporary feminism. It has now become campaign fodder:
Were this my daughter I would be mortified. This is bad at so many levels, but one of them surely is how it posits the relationship between voters and the… Read full post »
Journalist Hanna Rosin is on book tour now promoting the thesis that we’re about to experience the â€œend of men,â€ and though the definitivenes… Read full post »
April in West Virginia smells like wild leeks: pungent and oniony. In the woods, their slim green leaves look like lilies of the valley, but pull the white bulb from the ground or tear off a piece of leaf and…
Berwyn, PA.Â Cardinal George offers us the strong words — not of oracular prophecy, but shrewd wisdom.Â A few passages:
Communism imposed a total way of life based upon the belief that God does not exist. Secularism is communismâ€™s better-scrubbed bedfellow. A small irony of history cropped… Read full post »
The protestors stood on the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, brandishing bowls of penne pasta. Above them rose the wide marble staircase of the Spanish Steps; nearby, turquoise water spilled from the squareâ€™s iconic marble fountain, just as it had…
At Christianity Today, Jake Meador argues that Wendell Berry has something important to teach urban Christians.
At root, Berry’s Port William is a worshiping community. Indeed, I don’t know another community, fictional or real, that so gives itself to worship. That worship doesn’t a… Read full post »
At the film festival in Cannes this past summer and at the Toronto film festival in the fall, Nick Cassavetes brought to the screen his new film Yellow.Â It is about a woman mired in addictions, haunted by scrambled memories,…
Set in the heart of the Burned-Over District, the Finger Lakes region of New York is among the culturally, historically, and culinarily richest parts of the country. Now it has a cookbook worthy of its ghosts and grapes: Finger Lakes Feast (http://fingerlakesfeast.com/) by Kate Harvey and Karl Zinsme… Read full post »
This is Part II of a series of essays. Read Part I, titled “Life Under Compulsion,” here. â€œImagine,â€ said my friend, â€œhow long it takes the bus to go from Little Anse,â€ a village at the extreme end of the…
My 2006 profile/interview of the patriot from Mitchell, South Dakota:Â http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/come-home-america-2/.
As Alasdair MacIntyre has shown, human knowledge is both â€œtradition-constitutedâ€ and â€œtradition-dependent,â€ as well as â€œtradition-transcendent.â€ And as he suggests in his latest book,Â God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition, that…
One sees signs of dÃ¨tente in the academic wars that were highlighted by Allan Bloomâ€™s Closing of the American Mind. At a more reflective level this can be seen in books such as Stanley Fishâ€™s Save the World on Your Own Time, a screed against the politicization of the curriculum and… Read full post »
This article is reprinted with permission from The Philanthropic Enterprise and its Trends in Social Innovation project.Â Eleven years ago, Bruno Rivas left Mexico City to make a better living for his family in San Francisco. He landed a job…
News of the passing of Gene Genovese and Henry May took the wind out of these aging sails. In addition to reading these historians while in grad school almost thirty years ago, I knew both of them and befriended a…
On third parties: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/party-animus/.
If a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, I took my prescription of limits and localism with a spoon full of pretty sweet sugar indeed.Â Â About 20 years ago I came into possession of Â Stephen Vizinczeyâ€™s In…
Seth Bartee over at the U.S. Intellectual History blog has a piece on the Intercollegiate Studies Institute which includes a reference or two to FroPo conservatives: Essentially neo-conservatives successfully homogenized conservatism by getting rid of what they considered the racist…
David Walbert explains how to avoid hypocrisy.
Last week, walking across campus to the library, I was interrupted (I donâ€™t want to say â€œaccostedâ€) by a woman in her early twenties wearing a Greenpeace t-shirt.
â€œAre you on your way to teach, or do you have a minute to help save… Read full post »
Over at The American Conservative website, Glenn Arbery writes of a farmer who seeks to remain as independent and self-sufficient as possible. But it has not been easy. Nevertheless,
These are the kinds of farmers conservatives ought to celebrate. Not only do they raise excellent beef, but they have… Read full post »