Dollarocracy: Money-Power, Media-Framed Elections and Inequality

When searching for semi-precious stones, one must at times loosen jewels from the mineral deposits in which they’re locked.  This consideration applies to books as well as nature’s treasures.  One… [more]

Dollarocracy: Money-Power, Media-Framed Elections and Inequality Dollarocracy: Money-Power, Media-Framed Elections and Inequality

The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe

Rock Island, Il The day for greeting my swarthy brethren with “Xristos Almosti!” has come and gone. (A Greco-Rus hybrid response might be “Alithos Notyetski!”) The best part of Palm Sunday,… [more]

The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

From the perspective of a patriotic American who’s just researched hemp’s potential from Canada to Hawaii, Germany to Colorado, things are moving from fantasy to reality so quickly that it’s kind… [more]

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!
briarpatch

You’d have to call this job rebarbative.

Mary Berry (Wendell’s daughter, and an occasional contributor here) has founded The Berry Center to continue her family’s work to buttress the economic well-being of small farmers, and the organization has pushed forward with its programs very quickly.
You can read about…

defend equality

Hidden Springs Lane. Rod Dreher has recently been pointing out (for example here) the various ways that those who voice public opposition to certain positions (especially gay marriage) are routinely denied their right to voice an opinion. The freedom to…

car10

AM radio shouts at me, first the nut-jobs on the right, then the nut-jobs on the left.

Andy Warhol

As Mary Eberstadt has recently pointed out over at First Things…, evidence is accumulating that the current day usage of pornography is taking a toll on marriages and families. And, as Reinhard Hutter later added in a different FT

localism

Hidden Springs Lane…. It’s not easy being a localist. Vladimir Putin has taken Crimea and many in the West are afraid that he has designs on the rest of Ukraine and perhaps beyond. A Malaysian 777 has disappeared without

Gilbert_Chesterton

I once knew a woman who met Chesterton. It was a brief meeting in the 1920s when she was a girl of about ten or so. Her older sister invited her to go into London to hear the great man…

bee hive

Hidden Springs Lane.… In the spring of 2012, I started keeping bees. The first thing to notice is that people do not raise bees or herd bees. In fact, one does not compel bees to do much of anything. One

front-porch-attitude

Let’s be honest: the posts are terrible.

Bingham

Several years ago, after driving past the impressively proportioned Harrison County Courthouse in my hometown of Cadiz for the hundredth time, I thought I ought to stop and look and in general confirm the identity of the man whose likeness…

Rock n’ Roll, Inc: The Power Source Behind America’s Founding and its Operational Strength

1839-meth (2) March 14, 2014

It is often said that Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1839 essay, “Self Reliance”, is the real American Declaration of Independence, and to a certain extent this is true.
Emerson was a new Adam, and he deliberately proclaimed a new Heaven and…

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Mumford and Suns

earth March 13, 2014

“For a child”, I remember our priest saying a few years ago, ”the sun rises over the barn and sets on the further side of the field”. In the next, more worldly, stage of life, “the earth orbits the sun…

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Another Reason to Love this Small Town

paint_swatch_wall_021 March 11, 2014

“Support your local Muslim,” she says to me brightly.

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A Militarism We Call Patriotism

obama-state-union-2013-climate-change_64249_600x450 March 11, 2014

With the U.S. military experience in Iraq finally concluded, in January of 2012, President Barack Obama bookended his State of the Union address with an appeal for the nation to act more like the United States military: goal driven and…

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Imagining Healthy Work: Why We all Have to Become Monks

Fra_Angelico_031 March 10, 2014

This essay was originally presented at Spring Arbor University’s annual Focus series.
I am speaking today not as a literature specialist, nor as a professional economist, nor as a business expert, but simply as a human.  So in talking about

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A Genuinely Original Libertarian Argument?

March 5, 2014

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Yesterday evening, I participated in a symposium sponsored in part by Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, a private Christian academy, here in Wichita, KS. I’ve done a lot with Northfield over the years, as…

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