Archive for July 2012

Scotch on the Bruce

Owen Sound, ONT The Bruce Peninsula extends like a claw off Southern Ontario’s main land mass into the Great Lakes basin. Forming a long arc with Manitoulin Island, the Bruce separates Lake Huron from Georgian Bay, a body of water locals in...

Culture War No More

In recent decades we have heard much of the so-called “culture wars.” For many, the idiom of war has come to dominate their thinking in all things cultural and this, of course, spills readily into the political sphere, which is merely one a...

FPR Conference Details

Whether or not you’ve yet registered for the FPR Conference, the following information may be of interest: We will be hosting the conference in the Maas Conference Center on the campus of Hope College. The conference center is at the ...

Whatever Happened to the Playful Ad Hominem?

Few things excited or engaged my mind as a child as much as Buckley’s playful ad hominem attacks, launched regularly at his guests on Firing Line.  The debates concerned heavy issues, but somehow the surprise verbal assaults elevated the co...

Nisbet, Austerity, and Progressive Community

Over at the Liberty and Law blog I am writing a series of essays in which I examine Robert Nisbet’s ideas in light of contemporary austerity.  In the first essay I reflect on how the over-reach of the administrative state is making some spa...

The View From Your Front Porch

Bethune, S.C. — I am told there used to be a small dairy farm of less than 50 cows just a quarter-mile down the road from where we stay.  If you talk to any locals over 50, they all remember picking cotton in their teenage years for a...

Sheep in the Parlor

These are good days for those residing in old homes with wide front porches and easy access to quaint Main Street shopping. After all, trends in urban design seem to have recently and definitively declared mixed-use, square-block living the...

Romney Photo

I received my official photo of Mitt Romney in the mail today. It came from the Republican National Committee. It shows Governor Romney standing before an unpainted barn, an American flag hanging to the photo’s  left. Animal stalls appear t...

Agrarianism & Gay Marriage

Rod Dreher has an American Conservative post up expressing concern regarding Wendell Berry’s views on “gay marriage”.  Dreher is reacting to statements like the following, made by Berry during a recent discussion with journalist John Miller...