Archive for September 2014

Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.R...

Localist Roundup: Dead at 75

This article considers whether marriage is becoming a kind of luxury. Meanwhile, this piece attempts to coax readers into community involvement. In other news, this interesting piece claims 75 as the ideal age for death. And this equally in...

Archimedean Points, Above and Below

“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful thread ar...

Discipline and Silence

“And when it comes to action, put your trust in discipline and silence; in every kind of warfare they count a lot, and particularly in naval engagement.” Phormio, Athenian naval commander, in Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. Th...

Localist Roundup: Future Food and Farmers

This piece notes the disappearance of young American farmers.  Meanwhile, these people are making food with data. Lastly, this article advocates a strange combination of cosmopolitanism and local ideals to combat climate change.

Localist Roundup: Capitalism

This piece explores Mandevillian tendencies in economic thought. In other news, The Guardian has launched a new section encouraging readers to “rethink prosperity.” This article highlights an increasingly listless reaction to te...

Localist Roundup: NoPhone

In recent news, single adults now comprise more than half of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, this piece considers how technology has changed the way we wander. This article argues that the new Apple Watch blurs the distinction between techn...

Localist Roundup: Rubber Duck

This article poses the question “Who’s responsible for bad architecture?” Meanwhile, this piece criticizes the practice of communities outsourcing art, with particular reference to Florentijn Hofman and his giant rubber du...