Archive for September 2012

The Banks we Deserve, the Economy we can Sustain

If you didn’t catch this panel put on by Marketplace and BBC, it’s pretty exciting. It takes the expert panel only about 10 minutes (2:00 to 12:40) to get to crucial points FPR folks have been making for years: We have to give u...

Hospitality at a Fractured Table

“It sure is hard to have people over to dinner these days,” the food writer lamented, at a talk I attended the other week. She told a sorry tale of a dinner party involving two vegetarians, their father who expected to be served meat becaus...

Crazy Quilt Conservatism

Hidden Springs, VA.Last week the Washington Post ran a story titled “Rethinking the Classroom: Obama’s Overhaul of Public Education.” The piece described the various ways Obama has asserted himself into the education debate. He has largely ...

How to be a Localist Anywhere

Maybe your neighborhood doesn’t have front porches or sidewalks or a farmer’s market or anywhere to shop except Target. Maybe despite the supposed modern hegemony of freedom and mobility, you find yourself stuck, thanks to our current econo...

Twice Removed

Damn the lights, unnatural, bright, coiled, spewing white 15 watts.   Damn the halls, with their smooth vinyl, soaked in bleach, the stench of sterile rising like road kill on a summer street.   Damn the cinderblock walls, painted neutral b...

Thanks to Jason Peters, aka The Bar Jester

Since FPR’s inception in March of 2009, Jason Peters has written a weekly column. Without missing a single week, he has, with his inimitable style, regaled FPR readers with his ruminations on food, sex, culture, community, energy, idi...

Thought Control and Controlling Our Thoughts

Last evening I had the joy of taking a dozen-plus college students to the Abbey of the Genesee for the first of this year’s “Newman Community Book Discussion with Monks.” The Trappist monastery is just a few miles down the road from the col...

Walter McDougall on American Exceptionalism

In the afterglow of last weekend’s gathering of Porchers, which featured a panel on American exceptionalism, a piece by Walter McDougall over at the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s website comes at a good time. (Is there eve...

Eros, Agape, and Community

From the The Orthosphere come Part I and Part II of the pseudonymous physicist Bonald’s reflections on Christianity, love, and community–reflections based in part upon the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest minds, D...

The Springs of the Scamander

One of the most memorable passages in the Iliad occurs in Book 22, during the climactic scene when Achilles is chasing Hector around the walls of Troy.  As Achilles closes in on his great foe, intent to finally have his revenge for the deat...