Archive for January 2014

In Praise of Mediocrity

Berwyn, PA. Everyone knows G.K. Chesterton’s aphorism that, if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.  Dappled Things writer Karen Ullo has deepened our understanding of that truth in a new personal essay, where she reflects...

Good Beer

If you’ve not yet read Jeremy Beer’s piece over at Anamnesis on “Communio, Economics, and the Anthropology of Liberalism” – well, what are you waiting for? Get thee and read posthaste.

Elite vs. Popular

This week, in Strasbourg, there was a fine and frank denunciation of the European Union by Nigel Farage, British member of the European Parliament.  Developments across the Atlantic mirror the same concentration of power—political and econo...

Localist Roundup: Small Parks and Big Data

If the assessment in this piece is correct, President Obama won’t shy away from using executive orders to implement his agenda for the year. Meanwhile, legislators in Washington state have they’re own agenda: criminalize coopera...

A Husband in Winter

“At the very moment when the vine has shed Its latest leaves and the cold north wind has shaken The glory from the woods, at that same moment The lively husbandman projects his thoughts Into the coming year…” Virgil, The Georgics, II, 403-4...

Localist Roundup: Overconnected

According to this piece, Congress has recently devised a compromise government funding bill. At the same time, the institution seems to be entertaining the notion of moving on the long-discussed farm bill. On a separate note, this article s...

Can We (not) Talk?

Hillsdale, Michigan.   Patrick Deneen posted a vigorous rejoinder to pro-free market critics of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Deneen’s takedown of Rush Limbaugh got me thinking less about the substance of the pope’...

Localist Roundup: Local Bouquets

According to this interesting piece, school closings in response to the dreaded polar vortex demonstrate that “today we’re all wimps.” Meanwhile, British cabinet member Owen Patterson recently urged the U.K. to buy more lo...

Having the Heart to Hope

“Here for the first time he took heart to hope For safety, and to trust his destiny more Even in affliction.” The Aeneid, I, Virgil The great city of Troy has fallen in an inferno of death and destruction. Having lost his wife, Aeneas embar...