Archive for September 2011

Rod Dreher is Going Home

Here’s a taste: Yesterday I rented a house in the historic district of St. Francisville, my hometown. I was on the phone with Mr. Walter, the owner, settling the terms. He was incredibly gracious, and I was tickled to learn that he an...

A Question for David Brooks

Alexandria, VA On Monday night of this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks spoke at Georgetown University at the invitation of the program that I founded and direct, “The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy.&#...

A New FPR Series

We are pleased to announce that John Schwenkler has joined our merry band and has agreed to edit an on-going series titled “The View From Your Front Porch.” The first entry is the view from his own porch. Here’s how he des...

The View From Your Front Porch

Emmitsburg, Maryland – You can tell it’s a small town when you know both of yesterday’s candidates for mayor, and when the mayor-elect’s margin of 33 votes constitutes a 20 percent victory in a contest that generated...

“Thrift and Thriving in America”

…is the title of a new multi-author volume edited by Joshua J. Yates and James Davison Hunter of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. I was one of the initial reviewers of the book, and found it ...

FPR Conference: A Fine Day in Emmitsburg

For those of you who were not able to be in Emmitsburg on Saturday, you missed a wonderful day. The rain stopped sometime in the night and the early morning sun burned away the low clouds. Well before 9am, people began to arrive at the Knot...

Register Now or Git off the Porch!

Actually, feel free to stay in your rocking chair, but if you plan to attend the conference on Saturday, please register here. This will make things much easier for the logistics people. Here is the schedule for the day. It’s going to...

Rd U Ltr NOT :(

More reportage, now by Niall Ferguson, of the obviously depressing news – we are raising a nation of idiots. Half of today’s teenagers don’t read books—except when they’re made to. According to the most recent survey by the National E...

Consolidators

Get ready to fall off your seat. Sarah Palin, a.k.a., Flawed Vessel, recently received a bit of positive press in the New York Times. According to the Time’s Anand Giridharadas, Palin’s recent speech in Iowa seemed to show a wil...