Archive for November 2011

With “Friends” Like These…

Several months ago I claimed that “the American conservative’s attitude toward education is often even worse than that of his [liberal] counterpart.” It turns out Rush Limbaugh has been so helpful as to emphasize my point.

The View From Your Front Porch

Nashville, Tennessee — This is a tale of two neighborhoods, a move from one to the other, and the inherent contradictions of gentrification. Our old neighborhood, close to downtown, was one of Nashville’s first “streetcar ...

Power Made Perfect in Weakness

If we expect others to rely on our fairness and justice we must show that we rely on their fairness and justice. —Calvin Coolidge My wife and I recently vacationed in Florida.  One morning, over a cup of coffee and a doughnut, sitting on th...

Small-souled Masters of the Universe

The Spring 2011 issue of The City includes an insightful piece by Wilfred McClay on “The Illusion of Mastery” in public policy. When the “will of God” no longer suffices as an explanation for death and suffering, the unfortunate realities o...

Transgendered Anarchists of Wall Street, Unite!

The New Yorker examines the animating ideas behind OWS. I suppose this is what happens when childishness, boredom, social media, anxiety, and apocalypticism mix. Or, history repeating itself as farce. “Forming loose connections quickl...

Front Porch Revival?

The Atlantic Cities blog this month takes a look at a quarterly home design trend survey from the American Institute of Architects.  Apparently in hard economic times, homeowners have different priorities when it comes to what they want fro...

The View From Your Front Porch

Mayville, North Dakota — You’re looking northwest from our front porch in Mayville, North Dakota.  The picture, taken Sunday afternoon, November 13, casts doubt on what everyone knows about the state.  Where is all the snow?  It...