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A Tale of Two Symbolic Systems

I am angry with my friend; he has betrayed a secret of mine perhaps, or maybe instead he has formed an intimacy with persons he knows to be my enemies.  I start to view his behavior as treacherous, his character as disloyal.  As I am convin...

The Euro: Crisis and Opportunity

The Euro is in trouble, and the news just keeps getting worse. There is now open talk of a post-Euro Europe, and such a turn would be a serious strike against any robust European Union. After an all-night session last night, however, Europe...

Vonnegut Laid(?) to Rest

Burned-Over District, NY—I’m reading Charles J. Shields’s absorbing new biography of Kurt Vonnegut, And So It Goes, and while its morose subject deservedly never won Father or Husband of the Year, he was rather more complicated than h...

New Wendell Berry Book

At long last The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry is available. This volume, published by ISI Books and co-edited by Nathan Schlueter and yours truly, includes sixteen original essays on various facets of Berry’s work as well as an open...

The View From Your Front Porch

Queens, NY — The idea was to design an English village from scratch, within railroad-commuting distance of Manhattan.  It was meant to include homes for families of different income levels, and so in addition to the big houses, there ...

The Lovely Real and the Long Game

One pernicious aspect of our age is its commitment to techne, the quasi-religious belief that all manner of things shall be made well with the right tool, expertise, specialist, or method. All that is, is to be controlled, subdued, and tame...

Distributism and the Supremes

My latest book was cited as an “authority” before the Supreme Court in Florida v. HHS, the “Obamacare” case. You can read the brief here, if you are bored. This should add to the work of some poor clerk.