Archive for May 2013

America Needs Another Bush?

Accusing President Obama of “caviling over chemical weapons in Syria,” The Economist insists that events in Syria are “exposing Mr Obama’s hubris,” his “overconfidence,” and revealing his foreign policy ineptitude. President Obama, says The...

The Modest Republic: Just Published

A book I’ve co-edited with Michael Federici and Richard Gamble has just been published. It’s titled The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic. Here’s the description at Amazon: The Culture...

Food Stamps and Krazy Glue

On a recent Monday morning, an officemate and I were discussing the current financial state—always a cheery subject on a Monday.  Mark, a financial planner, said that many believe we are currently in a for-real, genuine, bona fide depressio...

Biopolitical Tyranny?

John Milbank has written a remarkable critique of gay marriage that points to the ways it will ultimately and immeasurably strengthen the modern liberal State.  The theologian who launched “Radical Orthodoxy,” and who identifies...

Ron Swanson’s Man Rules

The best thing to come out of Hollywood since….   well, maybe ever:  Ron Swanson’s Man Rules. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but #5 – “Grind it Out” – is an instant classic: We have a certain amount ...

On Buying Local Food, And Why

I decided some time ago that I wish to eat as little as possible from the “industrial” food chain; that is to say, I wish to buy little food from factory farms which viciously and needlessly abuse the animals they produce and which degrade ...