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 describes the series: “Want to share a portrait of life in your community, no matter how plain or quotidian? E-mail a photograph of the view from – not of – your front porch to frontporchviews@gmail.com, together with a written reflection of no more than 250 words. Writing may be lightly edited. We’ll gladly withhold your name if you ask us to.”

We welcome John to the Porch. Please send him your photos and reflections about your place.

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Mark T. Mitchell
Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property. In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched. Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm. See books written by Mark Mitchell.


  1. “A nice derivation on Sullivan’s ‘View From Your Window Series'”

    Yes! Sullivan is also a frequenter of the Porch, so I’m sure he’ll enjoy this…

    I know I’m looking forward to it.

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