Archive for July 2014

Localist Roundup: NSA News

In recent news, the Wasington Post’s analysis of leaked data has shown greater legally indefensible activity by the NSA than previous thought. Meanwhile, this article criticizes the modern employee-employer relationship. Lastly, this ...

An Alternative to Cosmopolitanism

[This post is adapted with permission from “Making Places: The Cosmopolitan Temptation,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.]...

Localist Roundup: Fireworks and Urban Farms

This article laments the “intrusion of economics into everything else.” Meanwhile, this piece highlights creative urban farm ideas from around the world. This article explains how some cities are finding ways to put on their ann...

Who Knew Independence Could Be This Easy?

Hillsdale, Michigan: While Americans are gearing up for fireworks, automobile sales, and burnt hot dogs, the Scots are debating whether to declare their independence from the United Kingdom.   It took Americans one revolutionary war to gain...

Patriot Games

Holland, MI [Note: This is the shirt my son wore to the big screen simulcast on the lawn of the Ford Presidential Museum for the US v Belgium soccer game. He wore it because it’s awesome.] As our nation – what? sprints? strides?...

The Best Manure

“We must observe what parts of the land must be manured, how the manure is to be applied, and the best kind to use; for there are several varieties. Cassius states that the best manure is that of birds, except marsh- and sea-fowl; and that ...

Localist Roundup: SWAT!

In this story, the author describes a week of using calligraphy to send text messages. Meanwhile, this piece emphasizes the importance of “other cities.” This article bemoans the disparity between the perception of where food co...

Life and Death at the Farmers Market

Each day that my son and I take a teaspoon of honey we remember Myrna Sweet. For as long as I’ve been going to the Waupun Farmer’s Market, Clifford and Myrna Sweet have been selling their honey there. It’s a relatively sma...

Walker Percy and the Recovery of Place

[This post is adapted with permission from “GPS and the End of the Road,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.] In a 2009 arti...