Archive for October 2015

A Better Place to Watch a Game

Only an idiot would really miss the old Durham Athletic Park – or, if not an idiot, then only someone who hadn’t actually spent much time there and didn’t know that at the old stadium there wasn’t enough electricity available to cook ...

Jacobin Notices Anti-Capitalist Right

FPR gets a mention over in this Jacobin article by Lyle Jeremy Rubin, a PhD candidate at Rochester. He notices two things but doesn’t do a very good job of distinguishing them: first, the long-standing traditionalist critique of capit...

An Ordinary Life and the Pitfalls of Greatness

I will confess that when J. Arthur Bloom announced he was joining Front Porch Republic’s editorial team, I had not heard of it. So I went and took a look, and from a few basic summaries of what it was all about I concluded “Ah, I see —...

TAC Foreign Policy Conference in DC, November 4

Our friends at the American Conservative are having a conference in a few weeks in DC, about a new, less hawkish foreign policy direction for the United States. Have a look at the description over at their website. Check out the list of spe...

Saving Life on Mars, and in Appalachia

Recently, I watched as the people of Earth came together to bring The Martian home. Interstellar, Gravity, and Wall-E all tell the “lost in space” tale with more filmmaking skill and subtlety. But despite its over-reliance on shots of appla...

You, Child, are Our Bond

“And children seem to be a bond of union.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Moved by these words of Aristotle, I write here… An Open Letter to My Child Even your father can never tell you, because I cannot fully know, how good it is that...

Seeing Like A Traffic App

A year ago I started exploring my traffic navigation app, wondering what advice it would give about the various routes I took to work in southern California. I found the device quite enlightening about my 28 mile commute. For example, befor...

Invest Local

An interesting article on why local investing is not just good, but smart: As the movement for socially responsible investing (SRI) matures, a growing number of its movers and shakers are appreciating the importance of local investment. One...