Russell Arben Fox

Christopher Lasch and the Lasting Dilemma of Localism

October 5, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Media Res] This past weekend, at the annual Front Porch Republic gathering (this year held at SUNY-Geneseo), three scholars reflected upon the writings of the historian and provocateur Christopher Lasch (most of whose career was spent in…
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Wichita and the Dilemma of Mid-Sized Cities

October 1, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] There’s been some depressing news here in Wichita, Kansas, of late. Not the sort of depressing news that one might typically fear to hear when one speaks about city life: gang violence, police corruption, political…
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The Decline of the Tory, A Continuing Saga

September 22, 2015
In a recent broadside against the teachings of what Damon Linker correctly notes today as the world’s “politically inconvenient pontiff,” George F. Will–with unsurprising dogmatism, unfortunately–lays bare the liberal roots of his contempt: As the world spurns his church’s teachings…
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Whatever Happened to Communitarianism?

September 8, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Twenty years ago, the concept and label “communitarianism” was riding high, or at least as high as any broadly applicable yet intellectually coherent ideological movement usually ever does in the United States. There have been…
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From the Distant Liberal Consensus, a Defiant Conservative Yelp

August 17, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] As I write this review, I keep hearing about Jeb Bush, campaigning for president, talking about how the invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein was a “pretty good deal” and castigating the…
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Bernie Sanders: Front Porch Socialist?

August 10, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] This October, Front Porch Republic will host its annual conference in Geneseo, NY, just a short day’s drive from Burlington, Vermont, the home current presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders will not, I am confident,…
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A Presidential Proposal Worthy of the Porch

May 28, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The blogger, pundit, screenwriter, and all-around mensch Noah Millman has come up with a brilliant idea–Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont, and Jim Webb, former U.S. Senator from Virginia, both of whom (the first officially,…
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Hanging Out with, and Learning from, Some Thoroughly Material Benedictines

May 15, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely–take a group of students out on a local food tour, so they can learn firsthand about more sustainable…
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Once Again, the Opponents of Unsupervised Children are Revealed

April 13, 2015
The story is pretty much the same as before: you have children that are placed in a situation which many people would consider less than ideal, a situation which–as it turns out–the children’s parents both knew about and were accepting…
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Why Cities Ought to, Sometimes, Challenge Their States

April 2, 2015
[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…
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“I’ve been called a Marxist and a conservative. I guess both are kind of true.”

March 26, 2015
Matthew Crawford, about whom we have talked a good deal before here at Front Porch Republic, is back with a new book. Like so many other wise observers of our late modern capitalist culture, Crawford has turned his attention to…
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Marijuana and Self-Government, Large and Small

January 30, 2015
Here in the Air Capital of the World, the Wichita City Council, in response to the second attempt by dozens of local volunteers to gather thousands of signatures in less than a year, has forwarded to the ballot for our…
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Local Wonderings in Wichita

January 20, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Wichita, KS, is the home to a wonderful bookstore, Eighth Day Books. (Which isn’t my favorite bookstore in Wichita, but that’s partly because my wife works at its primary rival.) One of the main reasons…
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Blasphemers, Terrorists, and Liberals in Your Neighborhood

January 8, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Would I read Charlie Hebdo? (Assuming I could read French, that is.) Would I want anyone in my family to read it? Would I want it to be available at my daughters’ elementary school…
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Local Dynasties Only, Please

December 18, 2014
[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, it should be noted, has been predicted by many for…
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A Porcher With Power

December 8, 2014
On Friday, Caleb Stegall–lawyer, farmer, family man, rabble-rouser, and long-time Front Porcher–was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Governor Sam Brownback. The criticisms of Stegall’s appointment are many–he’s been called a crony, been called unqualified, been called an extremist.…
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