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McClaughry Memoir: Ford and Carter

The following is the third installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapters here and here. 5. Ford and the Ethnics  Gerald Ford became vice president and then president after 25 ...

Localist Roundup: Walmart, Death, and the Pope

In a follow-up to a previous Localist Roundup, a petition has appeared on the White House Petition website urging that the runner-up turkey from this Thanksgiving’s turkey pardoning be executed: “Justice must be served. Preferab...

Pointless Parties

“There are others too…that pretend to be pleasures, such as gambling and pointless parties; as time goes on, it becomes clear even to the victims of their seduction that they are afflictions disguised as pleasures….” Socrates, in Xenophon’s...

How We Saw Ourselves: circa 1800

I am reading through James Ronda’s Lewis and Clark Among the Indians (first published in 1984) and was reminded of how we saw ourselves politically in the early days of the Republic. This was well before the War to restore the Union a...

Localist Roundup: Christmas Trees and Mistletoe

Apparently, some people are pushing something like a local business version of Black Friday. Of course, it’s a different day–the Saturday after Thanksgiving–so the committed shopper can always double-dip. The State of Indi...

What You Need to Know About Simone Weil

Born in 1909 to secular Jewish Parisians, at age 10 Simone Weil was memorizing Racine and marching in labor union protests.  She attended the École Normale and then briefly taught philosophy to lycée girls, serving on weekends as a voluntee...

A Message in a Bottle

Every now and then we hear of a lucky homeowner who takes down a wall to make renovations on his house, and finds inside it a cache of wonders; dozens of original posters advertising movies from seventy and eighty years ago; a box of handwr...

Not Even on the Radar

In a small attempt to connect political theory to actual power, last week I sent messages to some GOP members of the U.S. Senate telling them about my new book, Politics on a Human Scale.  (It might sound self-promoting but I like to think ...