Mark T. Mitchell

Thanksgiving Reflection III: Unbought Grace

November 27, 2014
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…
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FPR at TAC

November 19, 2014
Gracy Olmstead attended the FPR conference in Louisville and gives this fine description of the conference and the localist ideals animating FPR. Excerpt: One elderly gentleman sat with his wife near the back of the auditorium, wearing glasses and a…
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Making a Home Where You Live. An Interview.

October 6, 2014
Here’s an interview I did with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. The occasion was the publication of Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred McClay and Ted V. McAllister. My essay, “Making…
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Jeff Polet Takes Over as Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2014
Jeff Polet of Hope College in Holland, MI is assuming the role of editor-in-chief of FPR. Jeff brings energy, creativity, and a commitment to the ideals of place, limits, and liberty, and I am confident that FPR will thrive under…
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New From FPR Books: The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America

September 3, 2014
The first book published under the FPR Books imprint is out. David Bosworth’s The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession can be purchased from the publisher, Wipf and Stock, here. Or from Amazon…
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FPR Conference Program

August 29, 2014
Tickets are going fast. If you want to attend, register soon. It’s going to be a great event and we hope to see you there. Making a Home Fit for Humans: Localism Beyond Food A Front Porch Republic Conference Chao
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FPR Conference in Louisville: Tickets are Going Fast!

August 12, 2014
The fourth annual Front Porch Republic conference will be in Louisivlle on September 27. We will examine ways to promote a more comprehensive localist vision that both learns from and goes beyond the increasingly successful local-food movement. It will feature…
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An Alternative to Cosmopolitanism

the world July 7, 2014
[This post is adapted with permission from “Making Places: The Cosmopolitan Temptation,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.] When people use…
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Fences, Vines, Bees, and Huge Chickens

fence June 22, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. We’re building fence this summer. I purchased 150 eight foot posts and we’ve been slowly planting them. We’re putting a paddock in the front and a larger one in the back. But before doing that, I put…
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Your Computer (and everything connected to it) is Broken

June 12, 2014
Read this just before your shut your computer down for good. Here’s a taste: Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started…
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FPR Conference: Get Your Ticket Now

June 11, 2014
The fourth annual Front Porch Republic conference will examine ways to promote a more comprehensive localist vision that both learns from and goes beyond the increasingly successful local-food movement. It will feature Wendell Berry as the keynote speaker. Other speakers…
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On the Nightstand

June 6, 2014
Two books right now, one fiction and one non-fiction. First, the fiction: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I re-read this one (revisit it?) every few years. Brideshead is quite different from Waugh’s other novels like The Loved One, Scoop, or…
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Philanthrolocalism vs. Effective Altruism

May 23, 2014
William Schambra has a piece at Philanthropy Daily that describes the coming showdown between two competing conceptions of philanthropic giving. Here’s a taste: Community-embeddedness versus detached godliness: not a bad summary of the coming conflict between philanthrolocalism and effective altruism.…
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Soylent: It’s What’s for Dinner (and Lunch and Breakfast)

soylent meal May 23, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. What if you never had to worry about food again? Possible answers: 1) Wow! Think of all the time I can save, all the hassle of shopping, cooking, eating, and cleaning. 2) But isn’t food and eating…
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Ron Paul on The Future of Freedom

May 5, 2014
Here is a video of a talk Ron Paul recently delivered at a program sponsored by The Independent Institute. Paul sees signs of a shift away from concentrated power, and he sees young people as the ones most interested in…
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Death and Life in the Country

fox May 1, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. There is something especially sad about opening up a hive full of dead bees. Several weeks ago I wrote about my hives and my hope that they would survive the winter. They didn’t. On a sunny spring…
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