Archive for December 2013

Localist Roundup: Walmarts of Higher Education

Happy New Year! Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. In other news, this piece looks at Census Bureau statistics and analyzes population shift in the States. The article is concerned primarily about seats in the House of Rep...

Real Presences

Hidden Springs Lane. What’s the deal with Smart Phones? Go to any public gathering and most of the young people (and some of the not-so-young) are clearly more interested in their phones than they are with you. Now right off the bat, you ar...

Localist Roundup: Farms and Fishermen

Merry Christmas! Last week, the FDA issued a message concerning the new food safety regulations. Meanwhile, this piece speculates about the fate of specialty crops under a new farm bill. And this article discusses the likelihood of such a f...

What We Wish at Christmas

In practicing the rites of worship men hope that they will be vouchsafed a share in the superhuman abundance of life. From time immemorial, this very thing has always been considered the true, the immanent fruit of all great festivals… Men ...

McClaughry Memoir: The Reagan Years

The following is the fourth installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapter here. 7.  Ronald Reagan  Now let’s backtrack to 1966 and follow the rising career of Ronald Reagan. Fo...

Please Consider Giving to FPR

Dear readers, For nearly five years, thousands of you have been kind enough, bored enough, or crazy enough to make Front Porch Republic part of your regular web reading. We’ve been gratified by your interest, often enlightened by your comme...

Localist Roundup: Suburban Farms?

Late last week, Pope Francis gave an interview. Among other things, the Pope defended himself from the charge of being a Marxist. In other news, Target confirmed this morning that the credit card information of their shoppers has been compr...

Belloc on Christmas

How we observe Christmas has a real urgency; at issue is our happiness, and even our sanity. So Belloc argues in A Remaining Christmas. I reflect on his profound essay at Aleteia, Why Christmas is So Important for Our Sanity.