Archive for August 2014

FPR Conference Program

Tickets are going fast. If you want to attend, register soon. It’s going to be a great event and we hope to see you there. Making a Home Fit for Humans: Localism Beyond Food A Front Porch Republic Conference Chao Library, University o...

Localist Roundup: Small Things

This article tells more about the micro-house trend. Meanwhile, this article gives some economic analysis on the importance of smallness. Lastly, this piece reminds of the importance of local politics even in an age obsessed with the nation...

Last Chance to Plant

“Do remember that each kind of work has its season…” Hesiod, Works and Days A simple, mundane truth about the end of August. The mid-Atlantic growing season is moving toward its completion, so now is the last opportunity i...

The Limits of the Language of Limits

Holland, MI Over at the Postmodern Conservative, Peter Lawler has been writing quite a bit about Robin Williams, and specifically the movie Dead Poets Society (which, Peter and I agree, isn’t that good a movie). In this context Lawler has t...

Are Evangelical Colleges Parochial?

Hillsdale, Michigan. Readers may recall the dustup earlier in the summer when Peter Conn prompted pious gasps for suggesting that institutions like Wheaton College (the evangelical one) should not be accredited. His reasoning was based in p...

From the Fire back into the Pan

Hillsdale, Michigan. Three years ago or so when the missus and I moved to Michigan from Philadelphia, we wondered how we would manage. Not only is the state’s economy at a crawl, but to go from a big east coast city to a small rural t...

Hearing the Shenandoah

“Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you…” American Folk Song, traditional What is it about hearing a river? This past spring I stood next to the flooding Mississippi in St. Paul, Minnesota; the sound was positively forbidding. But perhaps there ...

Localist Roundup: The Terrifying Skyscraper Farm

This article criticizes localism and seasonal eating. Meanwhile, this piece argues in favor of public libraries even in an era of digital books. Finally, this imposing proposed structure might take urban farming to an excess. Or it might be...

Libertarianism, Paternalism, and Pot

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] From 2003 to 2005, we lived in Craighead County, Arkansas, while I taught at Arkansas State University. Craighead was a dry county, having voted many years ago to prohibit the sale of alcohol in its borders. ...