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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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Place and Space… Place, in contrast to space, is a context-speciï¬c, meaning-rich concept. Although many use the two words interchangeably, a fairly clean distinction can be made between them. Space is more abstract and undifferentiated than place. Space often is
Joe South, RIP:Â http://youtu.be/8V1JJqNKjVU. “God, how I wanna go home….”
Hidden Springs, VA. …In two recent pieces, I argued that 1) the language of â€œculture warâ€ is not helpful and should be discarded, and 2) that to the extent that liberalism is rooted in a denial of limits, it is
Thank Godâ€”sorry: thank progress, ratherâ€”for that million-year window!
If you have put off registering for the conference but plan to attend, please register if possible. This will give us a better idea of how much food we’ll need for lunch and snacks. You don’t want us to run out of snacks do you?
We’ve got a great line-up of… Read full post »
If Virginia is for lovers (what an odd campaign that was), Michigan should be for duffers. I understand why some FroPo’s may object to the sport alleged to spoil a good walk — golf. It wastes water, ties up productive…
Olathe, Kansas… — On Saturday I looked back from my front porch, my walk having been cut short by a soft rain. As you can see, my grass and that of my neighbors is dormant from the drought. I live
Part II in an ongoing series, Localism and the Universal Church….Â Read Part I here. Where the traditionalist position I have sketched appears weakest is precisely where it speaks most explicitly in response to the cavaliers of unattached gallivanting.Â
Must-read stuff this morning from Dan McCarthy at the The American Conservative.
Dan argues that the Gen X and the Millennial generations are not necessarily more liberal than their Boomer parents, but their conservatism has a much different inflection:
Right-wing boomers who see this as a sign that… Read full post »
... or ever could be.
In his estimable history of distributism and its major figures, Jobs of Our Own, Australian economist and former MP Race Matthews records an account of the distinctive atmosphere of the Distributist League meetings in the late 1920s: â€œThe formal business…
Regardless of how one may feelÂ about the Space Age, the reticent Midwesterner who passed awayÂ Saturday was an American hero if ever there was one.Â Prior to his historic race with the Soviets’Â Lunik 15Â robot,Â Neil Armstrong flew 78 combat missions overÂ Korea andÂ test-piloted the famed X… Read full post »
Man is the sort of creature who will tease out the symbolic wherever it may be found, but here’s a symbol we don’t need.
(Thanks to Fox News for its part in spreading The Word.)
Part I in an ongoing series,Â Localism and the Universal Church. Devon, PA.…Â Several times during the last couple years, the FPR comment boxes have received protests against the supposed â€œplacelessnessâ€ of the Catholic Church and the suggestion that more
Cincinnati, Ohio, and New Castle, Kentucky. Late last month the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judgment and found that the Kentucky Bar Association had violated the First Amendment rights of one of its own members, John M. Berry, Jr. Mr. Berry is a Henry County lawyer,… Read full post »
Claremont, CA.Â In Ayn Randâ€™s The Fountainhead, the hero Howard Roark violently rapes a woman named Dominique, forcing her into submission â€œlike a master taking shameful, contemptuous possessionâ€ of a slave.
â€œShe tried to tear herself away from him. The effort broke against his arms t… Read full post »
The pleasures of a partial self-sufficiency.
Rock Island, IL
Somewhereâ€”I think itâ€™s in the pages of Richard Fordâ€™s The Sportswriterâ€”the narrator tells us that no one really sheds a tear when another writer decides to call it quits.
Iâ€™m not calling it quits, not exactly, not yet, but today Iâ€™m not going to do much more… Read full post »
On Inauguration Day 2009 various organizations at my college held a celebration to mark the inauguration of Americaâ€™s first African-American president. Large TV screens were set up around the room, and a panel convened to discuss the significance of the day and assess what it me… Read full post »
The word â€œcultureâ€ readily falls from our lips, but what appears on first glance to be a clear-cut notion becomes much more complex as soon as we attempt to define it. â€œCultureâ€ is employed in a variety of ways and…
Intrepid as always, James Kalb comments on feminism.
No one as harmless as Klink is running.
When the New York Times reported that Governor Romney was facing pressure from the â€œRightâ€ to name Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, the flagship newspaper of the U.S. establishment meant the ersatz Right of neoconservatives, Rupert Murdoch, and Rockefeller Republicans.Â The â€œc… Read full post »
Here is the tentative, don’t-hold-us-legally-accountable-if-it-ain’t-exactly-this-way lineup of speakers for the Front Porch Republic conference on September 15 at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. We’ll let you know if there are any changes. Our keynote speaker, Eric Jacobsen, is… Read full post »
In an essay posted at the law and liberty blog I explored how Progressives seek to rear citizens–to create the kind of citizens well suited to the Progressive administrative state. Â Part of my argument is that government schools have ceased being public and are prone to serve as a means of… Read full post »