Archive for August 2011

The Primary Error of Early English Education

During my brief foray into public education, I taught a group of seventh-graders a typical lesson from a standard middle school literature textbook: we read a chapter from Ramsey Ullman’s Banner in the Sky and traced its rising action, clim...

Interstate Commerce and Arizona Wine

The federal courts’ extraordinarily broad interpretation of the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause has long posed a problem for localists — which is to say, for community self-governance. That has never been more tr...

You Say Dominion, I Say Kingdom . . .

Let’s call the whole world Christ’s. Ryan Lizza’s piece on Michele Bachmann prompted an avalanche of posts from bloggers and columnists who took issue with effort to link the Congresswoman from Minnesota to the political theology of Dominio...

FPR Conference Program

You won’t want to miss this. Register here. Session 1: Mobility and the Crisis of Community Patrick Deneen: The Liberal Self and Mobility Allan Carlson: Why the Modern Family Keeps Moving Christine Rosen: Technology and Mobility Sessi...

A Human Education

From Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Young University Professors: “Where will young people encounter those reference points in a society which is increasingly confused and unstable? At times one has the idea that the mission of a...

The Right to Lie

If you must lie, measure it against your own self-interest and make sure it is legal, and if at all possible try not to do it under oath.

$6,500 Goes a Long Way

McDowell County in North Carolina suffered an unemployment rate of 14.8% in 2009 (over 4% higher than the national rate). At a loss with what to do with the increasing number of jobless citizens, and already operating within a strained budg...

Citizenship, Localism, and Catholicism

Devon, PA. For months now, I have been sitting on an incomplete draft of a series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church,” wherein I seek to show that the commitment of myself and many Catholics to the small platoons of...

Fair and Balanced?

Say what you will about Ron Paul, Fox News’ failure to say anything about the candidate is curious and gives Jon Stewart a big target. The Daily Show – Indecision 2012 – Corn Polled Edition – Ron Paul & the Top T...