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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

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 9:47AM

Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home Now?

Joe South, RIP: “God, how I wanna go home….”

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 1:07AM

The Culture of Hospitality


Hidden Springs, VA. …In two recent pieces, I argued that 1) the language of “culture war†is not helpful and should be discarded, and 2) that to the extent that liberalism is rooted in a denial of limits, it is

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 12:16AM

Or Die


Thank God—sorry: thank progress, rather—for that million-year window!

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 8:50PM

FPR Conference: Register Now

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?

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 1:00AM

Senior Moment


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…

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 9:12AM

The View From Your Front Porch


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

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Enlightenment Garden

Part II in an ongoing series, Localism and the Universal Church….  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. 

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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

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AUGUST 29, 2012 12:03AM

As If The Story of a House Were Told


... or ever could be.

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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: “The formal business…

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AUGUST 27, 2012 12:27PM

Neil Armstrong, R.I.P.

Regardless of how one may feel about the Space Age, the reticent Midwesterner who passed away Saturday was an American hero if ever there was one.  Prior to his historic race with the Soviets’ Lunik 15 robot, Neil Armstrong flew 78 combat missions over Korea and test-piloted the famed XRead full post »

AUGUST 27, 2012 8:03AM

The Marriage Has Been Consummated

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.)

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AUGUST 27, 2012 1:01AM

The Problem of Place

Joseph de Maistre

Part I in an ongoing series, Localism and the Universal Church. Devon, PA.…  Several times during the last couple years, the FPR comment boxes have received protests against the supposed “placelessness†of the Catholic Church and the suggestion that more

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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 »

AUGUST 23, 2012 9:20AM

Legitimized Rapes

Claremont, CA.  In Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, the hero Howard Roark violently rapes a woman named Dominique, forcing her into submission “like a master taking shameful, contemptuous possession†of a slave.

“She tried to tear herself away from him. The effort broke against his arms t… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2012 1:36AM

Play With Your Food


The pleasures of a partial self-sufficiency.

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AUGUST 22, 2012 12:59AM

The Writer as Yente

Rock Island, IL

Somewhere—I think it’s in the pages of Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter—the narrator tells us that no one really sheds a tear when another writer decides to call it quits.

I’m not calling it quits, not exactly, not yet, but today I’m not going to do much more… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2012 10:46AM

Gird Your Loins: It’s an Election

Holland, MI

On Inauguration Day 2009 various organizations at my college held a celebration to mark the inauguration of America’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 »

AUGUST 20, 2012 8:47AM

Liberal Culture?

one way

The word “culture†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. “Culture†is employed in a variety of ways and…

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AUGUST 16, 2012 5:33PM

The Abolition of Woman

Intrepid as always, James Kalb comments on feminism.

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AUGUST 15, 2012 12:52AM

Citizenship in Stalag 13


No one as harmless as Klink is running.

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AUGUST 11, 2012 7:45AM

Paul Ryan: More of the Same

When the New York Times reported that Governor Romney was facing pressure from the “Right†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.  The “c… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 3:50PM

The FPR conference lineup

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 »

AUGUST 9, 2012 4:56PM

Public versus Government Schools

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.  Part of my argument is that government schools have ceased being public and are prone to serve as a means of… Read full post »