Archive for March 2014

What’s a Localist to Do?

Hidden Springs Lane. It’s not easy being a localist. Vladimir Putin has taken Crimea and many in the West are afraid that he has designs on the rest of Ukraine and perhaps beyond. A Malaysian 777 has disappeared without an apparent trace. C...

G.K. Chesterton in 1000 Words

I once knew a woman who met Chesterton. It was a brief meeting in the 1920s when she was a girl of about ten or so. Her older sister invited her to go into London to hear the great man speak. Afterwards, her sister asked my friend, What did...

Localist Roundup: Berry and Francis

This interesting piece explains that small government conservatives (the author mainly has libertarians in mind, it seems) cannot work together with neocons. Meanwhile, Wendell Berry (and some others) will be inducted into American Academy ...

Of Bees and Moonshine

Hidden Springs Lane. In the spring of 2012, I started keeping bees. The first thing to notice is that people do not raise bees or herd bees. In fact, one does not compel bees to do much of anything. One merely keeps them. Or it might be mor...

Localist Roundup: The Cloak

This piece from The Economist attempts to argue that narcissism can be good. Meanwhile, this piece asks whether rural America is a thing of the past. Ostensibly, social media is meant to connect people. But, according to this article, there...

A New Book on Place

FPR contributor Ted McAllister and Bill McClay have just published a collection of essays titled Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America. It includes essays by such people as Roger Scruton, Dana Gioia, Phili...

The Crafting of the Fourteenth Amendment

Several years ago, after driving past the impressively proportioned Harrison County Courthouse in my hometown of Cadiz for the hundredth time, I thought I ought to stop and look and in general confirm the identity of the man whose likeness ...

Localist Roundup: Societal Collapse

This piece offers some interesting data about the proclivities of young adults. Apparently, there are tendencies away from religious affiliation, political identification, and early marriage. Meanwhile, this piece invokes research data to p...

Rod Dreher Speaking in Wichita, KS

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] If it so happens that someone who sees this post lives in or within driving distance of Wichita, KS, then let me invite you: the author, journalist, and blogger Rod Dreher, someone whom I consider to be one o...

The Silence of Authority

Sometimes speaking, or holding one’s tongue, can make the difference. All the difference. For life and death. Many in authority today are silent when they should not be. Through weakness. And the consequences are devastating. Broken communi...