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Iowa is for Peace-Lovers

BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY—Our daughter will be spending the snowy months rehearsing her role as Marian the Librarian in her high school’s production of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” that tuneful Iowa-placed warhorse—no, parade ho...

New Symposium on Distributism

Porch readers will be interested in the new online symposium on distributism that is now on ANAMNESIS, A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’ This includes essays by John Medaille, Thomas Storck, and T...

The Big Lie (From an Insider)

In this essay, former Wall Street Investment Banker, Michael Thomas, expresses his frustration and disillusion with our current economic system. His credibility comes from three decades on Wall Street. In 1961 he landed a job with Lehman Br...

Occupy Food! (And Other Simple Things)

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] As Christmas and the end of 2011 approaches, I find myself thinking gratefully about what Leroy Hershberger has enabled my students and me to learn this year, and what that learning has meant to me. Leroy (th...

Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home…

This Christmas–like last Christmas, and the one before that , and the one before that….–hundreds of thousands of our countrymen and women are far from their homes and families, fighting the endless wars and otherwise servi...

The Founding Gardeners

I’ve just finished Andrea Wulf’s beguiling book entitled “ Founding Gardeners, The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation”. Published this year by Knopf, it delves into already well-known territory but does ...

Just Don’t Say God

In this season of the “holidays,” it was announced several days ago that Fairfax County schools would be permitted to install video surveillance cameras in High Schools. Fairfax County is frequently lauded as being one of the be...

Bill McKibben Predicts a Small Future

We are at a turning point, according to McKibben. The era of the big and few is being replaced by a new era of the small and the many. Take but one example: Last year the USDA reported that the number of farms in America had actually increa...