Conservatism, Localism, and the Mittelpolitan Problem

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] This morning, I completed a series of lectures and discussions with a local civic group here in Wichita. The topic for this morning was the upcoming elections, but in… [more]

Conservatism, Localism, and the <i>Mittelpolitan</i> Problem Conservatism, Localism, and the <i>Mittelpolitan</i> Problem

What Will $100 Million Buy You?

Holland, MI I'm no expert on campaign finance law, and I don't know the degree to which Citizens United has tilted the electoral landscape (Sean Trende has argued it hasn't been that consequential),… [more]

What Will $100 Million Buy You? What Will $100 Million Buy You?

Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres

The hook line today wasn’t going to have anything to do with Pope Francis. It was going to be “now I know what it feels like to be Jay Cutler.” But it looks as if I should take care of some other… [more]

Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres Redeeming Time at Dumb-Ass Acres
The idea of the family has, since our inception, been one Porchers are particularly keen to defend. The family is a natural, integral, and inviolable unit whose very existence points to the centrality of place and, as much as any…
Pope_Alexander_Vi (1) Phoenix, Arizona. The Front Porch Republic’s theme of “limits” clearly encompasses contemporary topics about the boundaries of human marriage and the degree that a church can alter such boundaries via creative developments of its doctrine. Thus, it is appropriate to…
517418222_2d861f073f_z Louisville, Kentucky.  One of the things I found on moving home to Kentucky 22 years ago is that our love of country is a very little and very local thing. Our love for our large country as a whole…
Holland, MI Most “beer ranking lists” have Michigan somewhere in the top 5 of best beer states. I don’t need a list to tell me that I already know Michigan has an embarrassment of riches on this score, and it…
Providence, RI There are in these recent days at least three matters of great importance confronting my beloved land, The Assimilated Provinces of Megalomerica. They are related to one another. Indeed they must be related to one another, because in…
Pope_Francis_in_March_2013_b Belief that the Holy Spirit invariably leads the Roman Catholic Church to what is true requires one to suspend reasonable skepticism about the typical dysfunction and fallibility of humans and human institutions. Moreover, it seems appropriate for individual Christians (even…
cs_lewis-heretic … which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
The_REAL_Rainbow_Babies (1) When I’m a dead white male I will have achieved the apotheosis of repugnance.
Or, “Shaken and Stirred: The Cosmopolitan, the City, and the Regime of God” Queens, NY The following essay was presented at FPR’s annual conference in Louisville on September 27. What I’m going to try to do today is convince you…
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…

City Liberty, Country Liberty

October 3, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] It’s clear to me that one of the primary things people (in the United States, certainly, but also elsewhere) think about when trying to understand the differences between large cities and small ones–perhaps not as…
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Nothing to Do With Jesus

SwearingenTexasFarmHouse103104EWhetstone October 1, 2014
Life can seem a bit like an unending family reunion.
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Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

October 1, 2014
Recently I travelled to Louisville to attend the Front Porch Republic conference. The experience was memorable in several ways—not least of all in the outstanding presentations and remarkable fellowship. It also occasioned for me reflection upon a now common means…
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Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

September 29, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.” As part of the…
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Archimedean Points, Above and Below

Archimedes_lever September 24, 2014
“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
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Life in the Kolache Belt: Reflections from the Intersection of Food, Faith, Farming, and Fracking

kolache fest September 23, 2014
In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and Germans came in the 1800s and brought a culture that remains surprisingly stable. My Dworsky forebears,…
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