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Localist Roundup: Overconnected

According to this piece, Congress has recently devised a compromise government funding bill. At the same time, the institution seems to be entertaining the notion of moving on the long-discussed farm bill. On a separate note, this article s...

Can We (not) Talk?

Hillsdale, Michigan.   Patrick Deneen posted a vigorous rejoinder to pro-free market critics of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Deneen’s takedown of Rush Limbaugh got me thinking less about the substance of the pope’...

Localist Roundup: Local Bouquets

According to this interesting piece, school closings in response to the dreaded polar vortex demonstrate that “today we’re all wimps.” Meanwhile, British cabinet member Owen Patterson recently urged the U.K. to buy more lo...

Having the Heart to Hope

“Here for the first time he took heart to hope For safety, and to trust his destiny more Even in affliction.” The Aeneid, I, Virgil The great city of Troy has fallen in an inferno of death and destruction. Having lost his wife, Aeneas embar...

Localist Roundup: Polar Vortex

As I write this, it’s cold. On the political front, this piece tells that the Senate recently propelled a unemployment benefit extension past a key procedural vote. Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard yearns for patriotism. On an unrelated...

There’s Equality, and There’s Equality

In one of my favorite movies, John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley, a family of coal miners is faced with the prospect of lower wages handed out by the owners of the mine, because the closing of the ironworks in a nearby village has re...

McClaughry Memoir: The Thousand Points of Light

The following is the final installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapter here. 8. George H.W. Bush and the Thousand Points of Light Inheriting the Republican nomination in 1988...