Archive for October 2014

Who’s Hiding from Whom

“The real nature of things is accustomed to hide itself.” Heraclitus Heraclitus seems to imply that reality strives to veil itself. Is there a latent cruelty in reality—that it recedes from our comprehension? Maybe we should make a distinct...

Localist Roundup: Pernicious Mobile Wallets

The news has been abuzz recently with yesterday’s Supreme Court (non)ruling on same-sex marriage. The USDA continues to try to support local food, this time by including farmers markets in its health initiatives. Meanwhile, this artic...

The Little Way of Raymond Chandler

Or, “Shaken and Stirred: The Cosmopolitan, the City, and the Regime of God” Queens, NY The following essay was presented at FPR’s annual conference in Louisville on September 27. What I’m going to try to do today is convin...

Making a Home Where You Live. An Interview.

Here’s an interview I did with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. The occasion was the publication of Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred McClay and Ted V. McAllister. My essa...

City Liberty, Country Liberty

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] It’s clear to me that one of the primary things people (in the United States, certainly, but also elsewhere) think about when trying to understand the differences between large cities and small onesR...

Humbled and Grateful

After 6 or so years as Editor-in-Chief at FPR, Mark Mitchell has decided to take a well-deserved rest from his labors. He has been, in our short history, the indispensable person. Under Mark’s leadership FPR has emerged as a distincti...

Localist Roundup: Fire and Food

This piece reports on a global survey for food sustainability. In America specifically, there’s a growing tendency to prefer snacks to meals. In other food news, this article criticizes food labels for misleading and fraudulent claims...

Jeff Polet Takes Over as Editor-in-Chief

Jeff Polet of Hope College in Holland, MI is assuming the role of editor-in-chief of FPR. Jeff brings energy, creativity, and a commitment to the ideals of place, limits, and liberty, and I am confident that FPR will thrive under his watch....

Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

Recently I travelled to Louisville to attend the Front Porch Republic conference. The experience was memorable in several ways—not least of all in the outstanding presentations and remarkable fellowship. It also occasioned for me reflection...