Archive for August 2014

Nothing Incomplete, Nothing in Vain

“Now nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain…” Aristotle, Politics Sometimes we might wonder about Aristotle. Was he observing the same world we are? One thing is clear: Aristotle spent much time studying the natural world. For...

Localist Roundup: Seasonal Eating

This article suggests that Comcast’s infamy comes from the fact that the cable-provider has grown too big to function. Meanwhile, this piece questions the importance of eating seasonally. It also calls localism a “nebulous spect...

Travel in the Magic City

This summer I moved to a new neighborhood that happens to be much nearer the freeway that divides my city. My  house is less than a mile from an on-ramp, though you wouldn’t guess it in this quiet and wooded neighborhood; you can̵...

Localist Roundup: Digital Babies

This article explains how parking policies price families out of cities. Meanwhile, this piece worries that baby apps may detract from parenting. Finally, this piece  may interest those who like to consider cheese.

Throwing Nothing Away

“Nature like a good householder throws away nothing of which anything useful can be made.” Aristotle, On the Generation of Animals It is delightful to think that nature already does what I am supposed to be doing: be a good householder. Wha...

Localist Roundup: Wendell Berry Interview

Apparently, it’s Wendell Berry’s 80th birthday today. In honor of that, here is an interview with him. Meanwhile, TIME speculates on Pope Francis’s possible visit to the States. In other news, a Swiss pesticide company has...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Berry

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Today, Wendell Berry turns 80. There is much which could and perhaps should be said in honor of him on the occasion of his birthday, for the man and his writings contain multitudes. They don’t contain e...

Riverboat Pilots and Economists

In “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain recounts his earnest desire to become a Mississippi steamboat pilot, and his struggles to master the pilot’s craft—a craft that demanded technical knowledge of steamboat operation and detailed recall...