Archive for June 2013

Life Under Compulsion: Play and No Play

In East Bangor, Pennsylvania (pop. 800), there’s a little diner named for the trolley that used to take people to the once bustling steel town of Bethlehem.  The proprietors have adorned the walls with photographs of other local things that...

Privacy? What Privacy?

Is there such thing as a private email? Are there limits to what the government can access? From The Washington Post: The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet compa...

The Cost of Community

Community isn’t easy: In college I took political theory classes that routinely covered the subject of community. The classes even emphasized our era’s tragic shortage of intergenerational concern. It makes for great conversation in a...

Kirkpatrick Sale on Nullification

TAC has a review by Sale that champions nullification and (perhaps) secession. Nullification acts have been introduced in state legislatures all across the country, particularly in the last few months: no fewer than 10 states took up propos...

Some Good Reasons to Buy Local

Here’s an article that makes a good case for spending your money close to home. An excerpt: At the most basic level, when you buy local more money stays in the community. The New Economics Foundation, an independent economic think tan...

Walmart Produce: Local and Sustainable?

Walmart is attempting to capitalize on the interest in fresh, local produce. Will their 100% no questions money back guarantee put them at the head of the new local food movement? Walmart long has provided a money-back guarantee on practica...

The Localist and the Big Box Store

Hidden Springs Lane. Should a localist shop at Home Depot? Or Walmart? The question, as I’ve stated it, should taste slightly off, like milk that is just on the verge of turning sour. If localism were an ideology with a strict orthodoxy, th...