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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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JULY 10, 2012 1:03PM

Bringing it all Back Home

Reason‘s Jesse Walker on Benjamin Looker’s account of Karl Hess, Milton Kotler, and the power-to-the-neighborhoods movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s:

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JULY 9, 2012 7:44AM

The View From Your Front Porch


Anaheim, Calif. – …Nestled between busy thoroughfares dotted with low-slung motels, palm readers, and bail bondsmen, around the corner from the Taqueria and the Clinica Medica del Sagrado Corazon, one finds a few square blocks of mid-century Midwest. The names

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From The American Conservative: .

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The Atlandtic has an on-line piece debating the virtues of the locavore movement. An economist named Pierre Desrochers is promoting his book titled The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet. Not surprisingly, he received a warm welcome at The Cato Institute. Here’s an exce… Read full post »

In the spirit of Independence Day, Porch readers will enjoy an insightful and accessible article by Lee Cheek and Sean Busick on the true significance of the Declaration of Independence. Much ink has been spilt in the task of persuading readers and government officials of both what this seminal docum… Read full post »


Rock Island, IL… North of I-80 the heat indices have surpassed the century mark the last few days, and today the temperature itself will. This weather is what in local parlance we call “hotter than a five-peckered billy goat.†(There

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JULY 2, 2012 11:36AM

On Recent Supreme Court Rulings

As July Fourth approaches and we all pat ourselves on the back for being so free, the folks at Chronicles have  had a field day with recent SCOTUS decisions, focusing especially on Bush II-appointee John Roberts.

Writing for the London Daily Mail, Thomas Fleming diagnoses Roberts as afflicted b… Read full post »

Many Porchers will be interested in reading ARATOR, which is a peer-reviewed online journal on Southern thought, history, and culture. The newly released edition includes Jefferson Davis’s letters to his wife from prison, the historical implications of North Carolina’s and Rhode Island�… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2012 1:00AM

Firm Identities and Loose Borders


Hillsdale, Michigan.… A drive back from New England to the upper mid-West on Tuesday gave me ample time to hear the journalistic accounts of the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration laws. The first item of note was the availability

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JUNE 28, 2012 4:06PM

Freedom Is Not The Good


As vice-president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Louisville’s own Archbishop Kurtz has led the way in expressing Church disapproval of the Obama administration’s health care plan.  According to His Excellency, the controversial Health and Human Services mandate&hell…

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JUNE 27, 2012 1:33AM

The Lamb Shank Redemption


Behold! A lamb of God, which taketh away the hunger of the day.

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flipping the gipper

Recently I read Up From Slavery, the autobiography of Booker T. Washington. It is an inspiring story of hard work, perseverance, and clear vision. Washington fought an up hill battle against bigotry and ignorance. He was misunderstood and mistreated, yet…

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JUNE 20, 2012 7:50PM

An Alternative to Sprawl

According to an article in The New York Times, many Americans are tiring of the lifestyle associated with sprawl and, finally, developers are responding. The age of the McMansion may be waning. Young people, especially, seem to be looking for a new version of the American Dream.

Increasingly, many of

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Porchers will delight in this wonderful story and video featuring our own Rod Dreher.


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Then I never writ, nor no man ever parred.

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The following is a talk given at the annual conference of The Academy of Philosophy and Letters on June 16, 2012 in Baltimore, MD. In her book The Need for Roots, French writer Simone Weil states that “to be rooted…

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JUNE 19, 2012 12:27AM

American Cicero

Michael Federici of Mercyhurst College has posted on this site before, and is certainly a fellow-traveler. Some of you may be wondering why he hasn’t posted in a while, and one explanation is that he has been working on a first-rate study of Alexander Hamilton, recently published by Johns Hopki… Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2012 1:00AM

A Footloose Spring Day


On a gorgeous April Wednesday I am filling in as substitute homeschool teacher. We do arithmetic; we do a language lesson about adverbs and Emily Dickinson. Then—did I mention the day is gorgeous? That the air through the window is…

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Devon, PA.  I was delighted to announce, this last week, the publication of my second book, Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction.  A few copies of the book remain available for purchase along with my first book of poems, Four Verse Letters, by writing to  However,… Read full post »


Thomas Jefferson’s agrarianism has long been vulnerable to attack by unsympathetic critics. Given that Jefferson ultimately banks on virtue rather than folly, this is of course to be expected; but the agrarian part to his vision is also vulnerable on…

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JUNE 13, 2012 2:38PM

Buffy Slays the Academy

Devon, PA. reports:

 Slate published an analysis of the relative popularity (as topics to academics) of various pop culture topics. Judging popularity by the total papers, books and essays produced by academics, the most popular topic (by far) is “Buffy the Vampire Sl

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Rock Island, IL

My copy of The Journey Home, which I paid $3.50 for, bears the modest unassuming signature “Ed Abbey.†The book is cloth, though not a first edition, and its dust jacket is in reasonable condition. I doubt the book had ever been cracked before I bought… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2012 1:07PM

What Was High School For Anyway?


[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Twenty-five years ago today (I think; my memory is far from perfect) I graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley (then “Veradale”), WA. Herewith some thoughts on this momentous occasion from my past.…

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In the spring of 1994 my grandmother chose to go off dialysis. Four days later, she was dead. I still remember my parents waking me up in the middle of the night and taking me to the hospital. I don’t…

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JUNE 9, 2012 10:51AM

My Second Book, Published Already

Devon, PA.  Last night, at the West Chester University Poetry Conference, my second book, Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction, was released.  As its title indicates, it is a monograph on the great contemporary poet and scholar, Timothy Steele, who first came to national attention as part… Read full post »