Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

Rock Island, IL Toward the end of my previous essay I said that, to anyone abstracted from health, wholeness, and true agricultural potential, money is the magic that conjures food. But by now almost… [more]

Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

The Socialist Party and the Old Right

A slightly edited version of this talk was delivered at a forum at the National Press Club on April 9, 2015, entitled "American Socialism Reconsidered," on the occasion of Jack Ross's new history of the… [more]

The Socialist Party and the Old Right The Socialist Party and the Old Right

Agricultural Potential, Real Wealth, and the Gold Gold Standard

Ingham County, MI I have my doubts that Emerson knew fully what he was saying when he said a man eats not that he may be fed but that he may work—frankly, I have my doubts that Emerson knew anything… [more]

Agricultural Potential, Real Wealth, and the <em>Gold</em> Gold Standard Agricultural Potential, Real Wealth, and the <em>Gold</em> Gold Standard
This is the fourth of a five-part series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church.” You may find the previous installments here. As I was saying . . . Since the First Sunday of Advent in 1964, parish life…
nb_pinacoteca_crivelli_carlo_the_demidov_altarpiece_detail_thomas_aquinas Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
7128352817_656827f971_o Our Only World: Ten Essays. By Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. In January of 2012, Wendell Berry delivered a speech at Georgetown College that explained his support for legalizing gay marriage. Responses from Berry’s Christian readers came thick and fast;…
7996179686_d7edc987e3_k We describe the most fundamental principles of American politics in terms of “rights.” According to the Declaration of Independence, which constitutes the philosophical foundation of American politics, it is “self-evident” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed…
6348195399_f720cfdd2c_b New York City is not an American city; it’s an Arab nation filled with a thousand different tribes who grudgingly live amongst each other. Through its history, parts have tried to secede, parts have burned, but we’ve made it through…
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On next Tuesday’s ballot here in Wichita, KS, voters will be able to, whether they realize it or not, directly contribute to an ongoing struggle over the meaning and operations of democratic government in the…
Golden Doodle I should have non-human clones of my own children, clones on whose meaningless lives I can practice parenting.
Morning Joe - Harf - 06_00_14 AM It is a pedestrian fact of logic that one may not consistently argue to a correct conclusion from an incorrect premise. There are exceptions to this fact, as in the sayings “a blind squirrel can find a nut if he…
PreK iPads Holland, MI In public policy, few things are ever entirely right or wrong. Like economics, we are often dealing with trade-offs. Ignoring the trade-offs blinds us to some of the consequences of policies, some of the reasons for the policies,…
All too many people are entirely settled in their opinion that Norman Rockwell’s art presents a “falsification” of reality: in short, he is charged with utopianism. This opinion is false, but nearly universal. Now, as it happens, the most common…