Mark T. Mitchell

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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FPR Conference: Save the Date!

April 25, 2014
The 2014 FPR conference will on September 27 in Louisville, KY. Wendell Berry will deliver the keynote address. More details to come, but this is shaping up to be a great event. I hope to see many of you there.…
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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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