Archive for January 2014

Localist Roundup: Congress and Snow

A version of the long-expected farm bill has passed the House of Representatives. This piece sees the bill as an indicator of a good trend for Congress. Meanwhile, snow has caused substantial problems for Atlanta, Georgia. Interestingly, on...

For the Sake of His Children

“But would the father have the heart to work if he didn’t have his children? If it weren’t for the sake of his children. And in winter when he works hard. In the forest. When he works the hardest. With his billhook and with his saw and with...

Localist Roundup: Anticipatory Shipping

The news has been abuzz recently with Pope Francis’s comments that the internet could be utilized to encourage community. Meanwhile, this piece looks for a silver lining in a study which indicates that 23% of Americans did not read a ...

Liberty and Circuits of the Sacred

A few days ago was the first time I heard Chinese being spoken with a heavy Indian accent.  Given the tenor of our times, one might expect this to have been at some gathering of wheelers and dealers brandishing business cards at one another...

Nature, Labor, and a Goat Named Alcibiades

As I cranked the lever I could watch the forest become pasture. I was using a come-along, a simple winch for tightening wire, to run a new fence.  As the fence slowly came into existence, this tiny parcel of the Colorado wilderness was tran...

Sometimes a Garden is Just a Garden

To the left of our Southern California driveway is a little plot of land, 400-500 square feet. Some homeowners just pave over a space like this, to add another parking spot, or a place for a basketball hoop and room to play. When we moved i...

Localist Roundup: Corn as Sugar

According to this piece, American presidents may be becoming more polarizing. Also on the political front, the legally powerless Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board considers NSA phone record collection illegal. Meanwhile, this arti...

The Piety of a Pagan

“I am Aeneas, duty-bound, and known Above high air of heaven by my fame, Carrying with me in my ships our gods Of hearth and home, saved from the enemy.” Virgil, The Aeneid, I Pious Aeneas. The phrase appears again and again in The Aeneid. ...

Slow Growth and Living Form

Everything seeks its own perfection or completion, and, moreover, seeks this perfection in a way proper to itself. Since both the end sought and the way of seeking are attuned to the thing’s nature, actions can violate a thing’s integrity b...