Archive for June 2009

Will Wendell Be Jailed?

Claremont, CA. Wendell Berry, writer and farmer and hero to the people, might move from the farmhouse to the big house. Speaking at one of the USDA’s National Identification System (NAIS) “listening sessions,” Berry told t...

Carolina is for Pig-Lovers

BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY–Here comes the Fourth, and instead of asking why Americans revolted against remote authority in 1776 yet countenance it today, let us now praise picnics and beer and baseball and illegal fireworks. Via First P...

Aristotle and the Cult of the Immediate

In the current economic and political crisis, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is not likely to be one of the first places that Americans go looking for wisdom. It should be. Throughout the book readers find a wealth of knowledge and pr...

C’mon Do the Pomocomotion With Me

A few impressions on the state of play. 1.  Agree with JMW that this exchange has not been very helpful, and reiterate first thought that “comments” maximize tedium and minimize conviviality. 2.  Then again, I’m sure the e...

Place as Gift, Freedom

Good Lord, blogging is bad for the soul.  That is a confession, not a violation of the Third Commandment, for those of you keeping track.  What am I doing in front of this glowing square of light when there are chores to be done in the barn...

Walkers of the World, Unite!

I’ve been accused (at least by association) by so many pomocon partisans of being pro-Obama, I’m almost starting to believe it myself. So here’s great news. Obama’s much-publicized concern about our obesity problem h...

On the Jewish Question

As Caleb has already noted here, Rusty Reno and Jody Bottum have been mixing it up over at First Things over issues of localism, a hot topic of late on the internets, it would seem. Rusty asserts that “patriotism is the political form...

Not My Hometown

Let it not be said that FPR indiscriminately supports “localism.” I believe that all my compatriots here would agree that this is one “locality” that cannot be defended. Maybe that’s because it’s the sort...

FPR v. PoMoCon, Part Deux

Some heat and even some light have been generated in the numerous comments that followed upon my original posting in which I threw some gauntlets around.  However, some inevitable reductionism has taken place (on all sides), and so I tried ...