Mark T. Mitchell

How Equality Makes Us Better (and Stupid)

declaration of independence April 21, 2014

Hidden Springs Lane…. The concept of equality lies at the heart of the American system. School children learn by heart (or used to) those memorable lines from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truth self-evident that all men

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Equality and the Culture of Perpetual Offense

defend equality April 6, 2014

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…

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More on Distributism

April 5, 2014

This week in The Week, Michael Brendan Dougherty has a piece titled “The Conservative Case Against Capitalism.” Relying on Belloc’s An Essay on the Restoration of Property, Dougherty argues that conservatives in days gone by offered a coherent critique of…

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Pope Francis and Distributism

April 3, 2014

In an article at The American Conservative, Arthur W. Hunt III argues that the economic ideas touched on by Pope Francis point in the direction of distributism, a third way between industrial capitalism and socialism. The Palins and the Limbaughs…

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What’s a Localist to Do?

localism March 30, 2014

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

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Of Bees and Moonshine

bee hive March 27, 2014

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

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A New Book on Place

March 21, 2014

FPR contributor Ted McAllister and Bill McClay have just published a collection of essays titled Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America. It includes essays by such people as Roger Scruton, Dana Gioia, Philip Bess, Yi-Fu…

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Rod Dreher at Cornerstone University Tonight

March 17, 2014

For readers in Western Michigan, Rod Dreher is speaking at Cornerstone University tonight at 7pm in the Matthews Auditorium. He is talking about Community and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming.…

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A Man’s Home Is His Castle

castle 2 February 3, 2014

Hidden Springs Lane. After too long, I finally got around to watching The Castle… (1997), a film recommended by FPR’s Jeff Polet. It’s a film you probably haven’t heard of let alone seen. It’s an Australian comedy that tells the

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Real Presences

smart phone December 30, 2013

Hidden Springs Lane.… What’s the deal with Smart Phones? Go to any public gathering and most of the young people (and some of the not-so-young) are clearly more interested in their phones than they are with you. Now right off

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To Quantify the Complexity of a Book

October 30, 2013

There’s a computer program called Lexile that purports to measure the complexity of books and thereby determine the grade level for which they are best suited. Here’s the description:
Lexiles were developed in the 1980s by Malbert Smith and A.…

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It’s the Scale, Stupid

Shut down October 21, 2013

Hidden Springs Lane…. The great shutdown charade (less than 50% of workers furloughed) is over for now. However, though our leaders are patting themselves on the back for ending the stalemate and avoiding the uncertainty of default, they have

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New “Safety” Laws Threaten Farmers

October 15, 2013

Scale matters and a one-size-fits-all solution is a function of a state that exceeds a proper scale (and ignores a common sense approach to problems). According to one article:
The Food Safety Modernization Act represents the first major overhaul of…

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Beauty is the Answer

October 14, 2013

In ISI’s on-going series titled “Conservatism: What’s Wrong with it and How Can we Make it Right?” Gerald Russello argues that conservatives have pursued power but neglected beauty. He writes:
To love our country, we must first make it lovely,…

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Conservatism: What’s Wrong with it and How Can We Make it Right?

Grant_Wood American_Gothic September 18, 2013

This is my contribution to ISI’s symposium, Conservatism: What’s Wrong with it and How Can We Make it Right?
In one sense, there is nothing wrong with conservatism. The principles remain; reality has not changed. The problem lies in the…

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Chipotle ads Promote Humane Animal Husbandry

September 17, 2013

A couple years ago Chipotle came out with an ad promoting their commitment to using only humanely raised meat products. The Willie Nelson cover of the Cold Play tune The Scientist was pure Willie (love it or hate it). Now…

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