Jeffrey Polet

Lecture at Hope

April 15, 2014

West Michiganders: Michael Federici of Mercyhurst University will be lecturing on Hope’s campus in the auditorium of the Martha Miller Center (10th and Columbia) this Thursday, April 17, on the topic “The Constitutionality of Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate.” The lecture will…

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Holland, MI: The Movie

April 9, 2014

Hollywood wants to make a movie set in Holland. Uh oh.
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Hope for Peters

April 2, 2014

For those in the Great Lakes region, our own Jason Peters will be speaking this Thursday (April 3) in the Schaap Auditorium at Hope College. His lecture is entitled “What is Wendell Berry For?” The lecture is at 4PM. The…

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Good Beer

January 19, 2014

If you’ve not yet read Jeremy Beer’s piece over at Anamnesis on “Communio, Economics, and the Anthropology of Liberalism” – well, what are you waiting for? Get thee and read posthaste.…

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Waiting for Benedict

December 13, 2013

Those long haunted by Alasdair MacIntyre’s plea at the end of After Virtue - for that matter, even those who aren’t – may wish to read Rod Dreher’s piece on “The Benedict Option” over at The American Conservative.…

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The Gates of Hell

December 11, 2013

Jeremy Beer gave a brilliant presentation at the FPR Conference on the problems associated with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or “big philanthropy” in general. Over at Mother Jones is this interesting piece on the investment portfolio of the foundation.…

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Visit Michigan

December 10, 2013

Do Porchers travel? Well, if they do, they can hardly do better than to come to West Michigan – God’s country if ever there was one. So says The Lonely Planet. If any fellow-travelers come to the area I’d be…

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Youth is NOT Served

November 25, 2013

I discuss frequently with my Intro to American Government classes what current redistributive policies are likely to mean for them. Along with receiving the majority of the Catholic vote in 2012, the continued support of young persons for the President…

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Dwindling Towns

November 19, 2013

Over at Urbanplains Magazine is this interesting piece on the disappearance of small, urban towns. It’s one of the catastrophes of our age.…

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Gettysburg at 150: Some Essays

November 19, 2013

Holland, MI…
My wife will be the first to point out that I’m not much of one for marking anniversaries, but it seems – to use Lincoln’s language – fitting and right to take note of the fact that today

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Uncle John is Dead, But I Look Fabulous!

October 31, 2013

When I think we can’t hit new lows, I run across something like this:
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/selfies-at-funerals/280972/
I am hardly familiar with this “selfie” phenomenon, but I can’t see it as a good development. I saw a 19 year old recently do…

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Moyers Interviews Berry

September 24, 2013

At the Berry Center’s celebration of the 35th anniversary of The Unsettling of America, held last April, Bill Moyers interviewed Wendell Berry before the assembled conference participants. That interview will be available on billmoyers.com starting October 4th. Readers of this space…

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Syria and the MIC

September 6, 2013

In my judgment, military action against Syria would be both a moral and political failing – which means, of course, it is likely to happen. I’ll be surprised if we haven’t begun air strikes by the end of the month…

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Swerving Off

September 3, 2013

My review of Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, is now available at Humanitas. In case you’re interested.
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Big Philanthropy

August 20, 2013

When St. Thomas reflected on charity, and in particular alms-giving, he stressed the immediacy and locality of it: charity requires intimate knowledge of its recipient, the proper selection of means, attendance to effects, the right motivations for the givers, and…

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Money Grab

August 8, 2013

Three principles. The first is Stein’s Law: if something can’t go on forever, it won’t. The second is that governing is ruled by the law of unintended consequences. The third is that expanding government power will ultimately be tyrannical inasmuch…

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