Here’s a link to the video of my talk at Villanova. 

Thanks to James Matthew Wilson and Douglas Minson for making it such an enjoyable time.

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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.


  1. “it seems to me the ubiquitous nature of the language of rights is a problem”. Ho ho ho why such understatement?

    The something for nothing culture is a direct outgrowth of the modern commercialized ethos of “instant gratification”. We are gratified in an instant and frustrated instantly thereafter to an extent that there is an inflation of the currency of gratification. The word loses its association with the concept of gratefulness. Mere noise is the operative telos within a forum of distraction and unceasing want. No wonder frustration is the leitmotif of modernism.

    A fine presentation Mr. Mitchell. Its a mawkish admission perhaps but I’m grateful for it.

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