Archive for April 2014

How Equality Makes Us Better (and Stupid)

Hidden Springs Lane. The concept of equality lies at the heart of the American system. School children learn by heart (or used to) those memorable lines from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truth self-evident that all men ar...

Daddy, Why are There Flowers?

I pride myself on answering questions. As a teacher I have the opportunity to answer many, and I try to do so with precision and completeness. But some questions are different. This one pierced through the normal routine of question posed, ...

On the Nightstand this Week: Lear

A good recent Louisville production of King Lear sent me back to my handily small Yale edition to reread this most poignant of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Its title character is the hardest of his rulers to play, after Leontes—because Le...

Localist Roundup: Alienation of Labor

This piece talks about the trend towards urban beekeeping, specifically in London. Meanwhile, this article worries about the shortage of farmers in America. At the same time, food prices are hitting record highs. Lastly, this interview has ...

Lecture at Hope

West Michiganders: Michael Federici of Mercyhurst University will be lecturing on Hope’s campus in the auditorium of the Martha Miller Center (10th and Columbia) this Thursday, April 17, on the topic “The Constitutionality of Ob...

Jesse Winchester, Southern Regionalist, RIP

Jesse Winchester, a tuneful poet from a small corner of southern America who had to flee America–at a time when it was going through one of its more invasively imperial stages–to find his voice passed away yesterday. Anyone who ...

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

From the perspective of a patriotic American who’s just researched hemp’s potential from Canada to Hawaii, Germany to Colorado, things are moving from fantasy to reality so quickly that it’s kind of making me believe in a societal version o...