For those of you in the Louisville area, on February 7, the Mcconnell Center is hosting a discussion titled “reThink Big: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Search for Humane Scale.” Here’s the description from the website:

In an age of big governments, big corporations and big farms, there are increasing calls for citizens to support local food movements, local business and smaller governments.

UofL political scientist David Imbroscio will moderate a discussion on the search for “humane scale.” Discussants include Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law at the University of Richmond, and Mark Mitchell, chair of the government department at Patrick Henry College. Questions and feedback from the audience are encouraged.

It would be great to see FPR readers there.


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Mark T. Mitchell
Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property. In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched. Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm. See books written by Mark Mitchell.


  1. If they want to find human scale it’s just not that hard to find. But they won’t find it sitting around a conference table, it’s out in the street where people are actually living.

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