Archive for February 2014

Localist Roundup: Escape from Google

This piece is an interesting interview about the importance of philosophy. The interviewee appears primarily concerned with the idea that philosophy is obsolete–she contends strongly against this notion. In other news, this article de...

Zeus’ Plan for February

“Aegis-bearing Zeus has a design for each occasion, and mortals find this hard to comprehend.” Hesiod, Works and Days Hesiod was convinced that Zeus has a plan for every occasion. Even February. Yet we mortals find this hard to comprehend—e...

Localist Roundup: Trains and Drones and Farms

According to a recent study, loneliness is actually a cause of death. On a less macabre note, this article discusses the implications of local news agencies using camera-equipped drones. Meanwhile, this piece describes a musician’s un...

The Patron Saint of Place

For several decades now, the business plan of fast-food chains has been to build restaurants with a similar design: a drive through around the back and side, an indoor playground in front, parking spaces surrounding, a counter to order food...

A Good Essayist is Hard to Find

Wiseblood Books is about to publish Dana Gioia’s superb “The Catholic Writer Today” as the first in its series of “Wiseblood Essays in Contemporary Culture.” Order now: Not for papists only!

Localist Roundup: Bankers Are Miserable

This piece describes a new line of hotels designed with millennials in mind. It’s interesting to see what the company sees as the preferences of their target generation. Meanwhile, this article describes the prevailing misery of young...

When Your Mother Grows Older

“For other animals have their natural ‘forethought’ which enables them to provide for themselves: whereas man lives by reason, which can attain to forethought only after long experience: so that children need to be instructed by their paren...

Localist Roundup: Politics and Farms

Now that the congressional drama regarding the farm bill is over, this piece offers some less-than-optimistic thoughts on the process and results. According to this piece, Rand Paul is apparently skeptical that the Republican Party will win...

New England Patriot

From The American Conservative, my appreciation of the decentralist Republican (yes, they do exist) John McClaughry of Vermont.