Archive for April 2015

Localist Linkfest

Police are investigating a sighting of an alligator in the Monongahela River Archaeologists defy ISIS by finding new artifacts in Iraq Earth Island Journal interviews Wendell Berry: I’ve already explained my distrust of the term “orga...

The Socialist Party and the Old Right

A slightly edited version of this talk was delivered at a forum at the National Press Club on April 9, 2015, entitled “American Socialism Reconsidered,” on the occasion of Jack Ross’s new history of the Socialist Party. Vi...

Our Lawns, Our Eden

Last spring I posted a piece on dandelions, after I had been struck by the preponderance of death-dealing chemicals in the ‘lawn and garden’ section at the local big box store. Moved today by the appearance of tractors spraying herbic...

The Parish and the Papacy

This is the fourth of a five-part series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church.” You may find the previous installments here. As I was saying . . . Since the First Sunday of Advent in 1964, parish life for many America...

Alienated Children and Inalienable Rights

We describe the most fundamental principles of American politics in terms of “rights.” According to the Declaration of Independence, which constitutes the philosophical foundation of American politics, it is “self-evident” that “all men are...

An Amazon Rhythm

There’s a recent piece in The New Yorker on the new Amazon Dash Button. For those who don’t know, the Dash Button is a small button you place in your house, which orders regularly-used products (detergent, macaroni, and coffee, if the promo...