Archive for May 2014

Wholistic Chef

A most interesting piece over at The Atlantic wherein a world-class chef discusses his epiphany concerning the interrelatedness of flavor, sustainable farming practices, local cuisines, and supporting farms financially. Well worth reading. ...

Who Owns America?

In The American Conservative, Ralph Nader, paladin of the American anti-monopolist tradition, revives the great distributist-agrarian project of the 1930s.

When Your Way of Life is Out of Date

“…your whole way of life is out of date when compared with theirs. And it is just as true in politics as it is in any art or craft: new methods must drive out old ones…” Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Corinthians speaking to ...

Localist Roundup: Thomas Piketty

In recent news, an E. coil scare has caused a massive beef recall in New England. Also, this story reports on Wal-Mart’s recent successes in online retail. This piece offers a perspective on the success of Thomas Piketty’s Capit...

Thoughts on a Graduation Weekend

“We have a world bursting with new ideas, new plans, and new hopes.  The world was never so young as it is today, so impatient of old and crusty things.”  So wrote Walter Lippmann in 1912.  Of course, the world seemed young because Lippmann...

Localist Roundup: Pubs and Honeybees

This article reports on the efforts of one English group to prevent a local pub from becoming a supermarket. Meanwhile, The Atlantic offers a lengthy perspective on the GMO labeling debate. Fewer honeybees died off in the U.S. this winter t...

Happy St. Isidore’s Day

In “The Gift of Good Land,” Wendell Berry notes, with a tinge of regret, the largely heroic nature of the stories recorded in the Bible.  “It may, in some ways, be easier to be Samson,” Berry writes, “than to be a good husband or wife day a...

Good-byes are Just That

They’re good. At least when we make an effort to do them right. I’m convinced after years of saying goodbye to my students—and others—that proper goodbyes are not only good, they’re sometimes necessary. The more that has been shared togethe...

Localist Roundup: Trust in State Government

A change in livestock rules in the State of Michigan could cause trouble for some small farmers. At the same time, this piece reports on how small farmers have capitalized on social media to spread word of their produce. Meanwhile, this art...