When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do

Recently the city council in my hometown decided we desperately needed a courthouse. Mind you, my hometown is not the state capital. It's not even the county seat. Florissant is a mid-size working class… [more]

When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do

Local Dynasties Only, Please

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] With former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's announcement on Tuesday that he's "actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States"--a move which,… [more]

Local Dynasties Only, Please Local Dynasties Only, Please

Compromising with Leviathan

Rock Island, IL The life of man may be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, but a team of wild Hobbeses couldn’t pull me out of it. It’s too damned interesting. At about six-thirty on… [more]

Compromising with Leviathan Compromising with Leviathan
Malibu, CA I understand why many wish me a “Happy Holidays” in public settings, and I am glad they wish me well at this time of year. I must confess, though, that the greeting puzzles me, and I am reluctant…
5268428415_c8828422ec_b In this edition of Tales from the Kolache Belt, we celebrate community theatre. Not many rural towns of just over 2,000 souls can boast an institution like the Gaslight Theatre, but it is a testament to the people of…
I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as they are released in the United States. The Giver was one of the ones that had…
God Damn PBJ Pigeon Porter Now you’re in the region of a woman’s fury.
Image source There is one version of the history of modern media that is a story primarily about a drug, developed to make its users feel anger with delightful intensity. Refinement of this drug has made some great leaps in a very…
220px-StraightMan Her breasts are too good for the local market.
“So if one doesn’t know how to make use of it, Critobulus, then money must be kept at such a distance that it isn’t even included among one’s assets.” Socrates, in The Estate Manager, by Xenophon This time of year…
Our panel discusses immigration policy from a localist perspective.
Hidden Springs Lane. It’s raining. Yesterday we were told to expect 4-8 inches of snow. I was looking forward to the snow. Getting a good snow for Thanksgiving somehow seemed like a good idea. A cessation of movement. A chance…
I am ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is not a problem though I am sure I could show more gratitude especially when stuck behind some driver in the passing lane who doesn’t know how highways work. I am one of…

Thanksgiving Reflections I

November 27, 2014
[Editor's note] President Washington, in his original Thanksgiving Day proclamation, insisted it the “duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,” and to be “grateful for His benefits.” Washington also gave thanks for our liberty and our temporal…
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Blind Auto-Repair and Breathing in a Small Town as Things Get Worse: A Dispatch

Spark plug November 26, 2014
Not one to mince words, she cuts to the chase.
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Berry at SAMLA

November 25, 2014
Jeffrey Bilbro reviews Wendell Berry's appearance at SAMLA.
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The Paganization and Dehumanization of the University

November 24, 2014
Radnor Township, PA This past Friday, I led a lunch discussion with students at the University of Chicago who had read my First Things article  “Majoring in Fear.” They verified that things at Chicago were pretty much as I had described.…
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Anarchism, Global Citites, and a Confucian Cosmopolitan Education

November 21, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I recently attended a conference in Nanjing, China, hosted by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and organized our fellow Porcher, Adam Webb. You can read a short summary of the conference here; for my part, in the…
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The Market Made Me Do It (Part II)

November 20, 2014
Malibu, CA Where does Catholic Social Thought come down on this question? Not surprisingly, Catholic thought often emphasizes solutions taken at the level of the economic and political system: government-provided safety nets, support for unions, regulation of the labor market.…
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