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The End We Imagine

I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as they are released in the United States. The Giver was one of the ones that had been out for some time stateside...

Grateful to be a Teacher

“It’s no easy task—indeed it’s very difficult—to realize that in every soul there is an instrument that is purified and rekindled by such subjects [liberal studies] when it has been blinded and destroyed by other ways of life, an instrument...

Free Yourself from the Telescopic Morality Machine

There is one version of the history of modern media that is a story primarily about a drug, developed to make its users feel anger with delightful intensity. Refinement of this drug has made some great leaps in a very short time — it ...

A Porcher With Power

On Friday, Caleb Stegall–lawyer, farmer, family man, rabble-rouser, and long-time Front Porcher—was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Governor Sam Brownback. The criticisms of Stegall’s appointment are many–he...

The Trouble With Goodness

This last September, the Future Symphony Institute invited me to address its first annual conference on some of the philosophical problems in our age that make it difficult for the general public to recognize the intrinsic value of orchestr...

Localist Roundup: Exercise in a Bottle

This piece complains that Small Business Saturday remains in the shadow of the more famous day which precedes it. Meanwhile, this article reports that skilled young people may be returning to their hometowns. This article criticizes the loc...

A Different Approach to Money in the Household

“So if one doesn’t know how to make use of it, Critobulus, then money must be kept at such a distance that it isn’t even included among one’s assets.” Socrates, in The Estate Manager, by Xenophon This time of year a credit card can seem to ...