Archive for August 2012

Paul Ryan: More of the Same

When the New York Times reported that Governor Romney was facing pressure from the “Right” to name Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, the flagship newspaper of the U.S. establishment meant the ersatz Right of neoconservatives...

The FPR conference lineup

Here is the tentative, don’t-hold-us-legally-accountable-if-it-ain’t-exactly-this-way lineup of speakers for the Front Porch Republic conference on September 15 at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. We’ll let you know if ...

Public versus Government Schools

In an essay posted at the law and liberty blog I explored how Progressives seek to rear citizens–to create the kind of citizens well suited to the Progressive administrative state.  Part of my argument is that government schools have ...

LDS Trip

Musings on our Burned-Over District neighbors, the Mormons: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/just-deseret/.

The Anti-tradition of Modern Art

Those acquainted with Tom Wolfe’s essay “The Invisible Artist” or Solzhenitsyn’s “Playing On The Strings Of Emptiness” will find a familiar theme in this recent New English Review piece by poet Mark Signorelli and mathematician-...

America, One Minor League Ballpark at a Time

Being a report on a journey whereupon I dragged my wife to see seven minor league baseball games in seven days, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and including many other wonders seen on the road from Cleveland, Ohio, to Portla...

Big Society: Can the Britons “Build That”?

The place is Great Britain; the year is 2011. Years of economic downturn have brought the unsustainability of government-funded social services to a crisis point. Prime Minister David Cameron re-launches his “Big Society” platform (several ...

“Like Most Satirists I am a Reactionary”

Native son and caustically loving biographer of our country Gore Vidal  (http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-last-republican) has died. Don’t mourn; read: Burr, Lincoln, Screening History, Homage to Daniel Shays, Unite...