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Saving Trees Across The Ocean

The view from above was one of devastation, even if it was the pregnant devastation of a construction site that is not what it will finally become. The leafy green grove of a few days before was a sea of brown dirt and broken concrete, but,...

From St. Augustine’s Porch

Bk IV, ch. 3: But let us suppose a case of two men; for each individual man, like one letter in a language, is as it were the element of a city or kingdom, however far-spreading in its occupation of the earth. Of these two men let us suppos...

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...