Archive for October 2009

Empire’s Heir?

As the old saying suggests, be careful what you ask for, because you may get it.  The hubristic here in China are well on their way to discovering some uncomfortable truths of arrival as a great power. For the last twenty years, rapid econo...

The Stories We Tell…

Philadelphia, PA. If you have read just one of Wendell Berry’s novels or short stories, then you have glimpsed this Kentucky farmer’s love for family, place, and story.   In a contemplative section of his 2004 novel, Hannah Coulter, Berry e...

Defending (Local) Prohibition(s)

Jacob Weisberg, in Slate, says that the spirit of Prohibition is dead, and those laws which still maintain elements of that spirit–stopping gay people from marrying, stopping sick people from buying marijuana, stopping businesses from...

You’re Probably Looking For Porn

Claremont, CA. If you don’t want to read the new report from Harvard Business School, titled “Understanding Users of Social Networks,” you can just listen to the song from Avenue Q, titled “The Internet Is For Porn.” So it turns out that de...

Halloween Reading

“I love Old October so, I can’t bear to see her go—” —James Whitcomb Riley Via The American Conservative: http://www.amconmag.com/article/2009/dec/01/00050/ Subscribe, won’t you? And your favorites…...

What’s Local?

Hillsdale, MI. A Mormon friend of mine once argued that the LDS prohibition of alcohol was right and proper not only because it was revealed, but because he had tried alcohol once and had ended up puking in the gutter. My grandparents voted...

Populist Revival?

JEFFERSON COUNTY, KS.  In light of Rod Dreher’s kind “shout out”—that is, I believe, the proper blog parlance—it seems appropriate to re-run this essay that appeared in Rod’s paper three years ago under t...

On Hospitality

As a founding editor of this here social club—the site’s name is derived from the subtitle of one of my books—I just wanna say that the contributions and fellowship of libertarians and anarchists are essential to a healthy...