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Benedict XVI – Porcher

From an address calling for a renewal of agricultural work by Pope Benedict in November, 2010: “To this end, it is essential to cultivate and spread a clear ethic that is up to the task of addressing current challenges: Everyone shoul...

Why Isn’t Romania Rich?

An address to the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, June 22, 2012 It is puzzling to note that somewhere between 4 million and 8 million Romanians have left the country. Indeed, Traian Băsescu has estimated the number as high 12 millio...

Still on the Line

In which I attend a Glen Campbell concert. As a Christmas bonus, two tunes from the displaced Arkansan’s haunting valedictory album: here and here.

Opportunity in the Ruins

Hidden Springs Lane. The dust has hardly settled over the Great Campaign of 2012 and already the same people are arguing about The Fiscal Cliff. In other words, after suffering through what seemed an interminable campaign during which more ...

The Politics of the Clothesline

Yesterday I ambled towards my cottage, returning from putting the cattle out to pasture for the evening. The sun was sinking low in the Texas sky, turning the clouds to faint orange and brilliant pink. As I neared my humble abode, I saw my ...

The Next Conservatism (redux)

Back in 2007, Republicans were smarting over a mid-term defeat. Paul Weyrich and Gary S. Lind offered an analysis that sounds like it could have been written today: The only surprise about the Republican debacle in the 2006 congressional el...

On ‘The Fall’ and That Obama Video

Yes, yes. I know the election is over and, as a third-party voter myself, I don’t believe I’ll smell like sour grapes here regarding the results, but still there’s something about that Obama video. It’s the one where actress Lena Dunham com...