Mark T. Mitchell

Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property.

In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched.

Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm.

See books written by Mark Mitchell.

FPR Conference Program. A Preview.

Here is the program for the upcoming FPR conference in Geneseo, NY on October 3. If you have not already done so, register here. You won’t want to miss this one. Panel 1:  Prophets, Sages, and Jesters of Sustainable Localism  Chair:  ...

FPR Conference. Register Now!

FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC CONFERENCE COMES TO SUNY GENESEO OCTOBER 3 “Sustainable Localism: Sages, Prophets, and Jesters,” the fifth annual Front Porch Republic conference, will be held on Saturday, October 3 in the MacVittie College Union Ballr...

What Ronda Rousey Knows About Caitlyn Jenner

Hidden Springs Lane. Two of the biggest sports-related stories of this year include the dominance of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner to a world that knew him once as Bruce. Rousey has managed to combine the f...

FPR Conference. Register Now!

The fifth annual Front Porch Republic conference will be held on October 3 in Geneseo, New York. The conference will explore sustainable localism and will feature a panel on the thought of Christopher Lasch and talks on Liberty Hyde Bailey,...

The Home Economy: A Symposium. Register Now.

Please join us for a Family in America Capitol Hill Symposium, cosponsored with the Front Porch Republic, a panel discussion of the topic: “Rediscovering the Home Economy” Friday, March 27, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Capitol Skyline H...

Thanksgiving Reflection III: Unbought Grace

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 to be home wi...

FPR at TAC

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 glas...

Making a Home Where You Live. An Interview.

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 essa...

Jeff Polet Takes Over as Editor-in-Chief

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 his watch....