Jeffrey Polet

2015 APL Conference

April 29, 2015
The annual conference of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters will once again be held in Baltimore this year at the BWI Doubletree. The dates are June 12-14. This year’s topic is “Brave New World: Finding Calm Amidst the Rage of…
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Freedom and Four-Year Olds

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Holland, MI In public policy, few things are ever entirely right or wrong. Like economics, we are often dealing with trade-offs. Ignoring the trade-offs blinds us to some of the consequences of policies, some of the reasons for the policies,…
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The Future Mayor of Urbanism?

March 3, 2015
The mayor of Ithaca NY seems to have a good understanding of how to move cities in the right sorts of directions.…
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Bye Bye Miss Liberal Arts College

January 28, 2015
Those of you reading Jason Peters’ fine article on “liberal” miseducation may also want to take a look at this one.…
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A Porcher in Paris

January 16, 2015
Stephen Heiner writes about about why he didn’t participate in the Paris march. http://theamericaninparis.com/2015/01/10/je-ne-suis-pas-charlie-why-im-not-marching-in-paris-tomorrow/…
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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014
Holland MI Today, Christians will celebrate the birth of Christ. Commenters on these pages have in the past noted some tensions between the Porch’s localist themes and the universalist themes of Christianity; between our sense of place and a strain…
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Consider Donating to FPR

December 16, 2014
Dear Readers, With the end of the year soon upon us, it is time once again to think about making a tax-deductible gift to FPR. Your donations are used to help maintain the excellent content to which you’ve become accustomed,…
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A Localist View of Ferguson

November 26, 2014
I’ve had a number of students over the past few days ask me for my opinion of the events in Ferguson, MO. They register shock when I tell them I don’t have one. “You see,” I  say, “Ferguson is not…
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Back to the Farm

November 25, 2014
When “progressive” means doing things the way your grandparents did.…
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New Managing Editor

November 24, 2014
I am pleased to announce J. Arthur Bloom will be the new managing editor at FPR. Jordan comes to us with a great deal of experience both as an editor and with blogs, and has demonstrated a deep commitment to…
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Monday Morning Brass Spittoon

November 24, 2014
A special Thanksgiving Edition will be appearing Wednesday.…
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You Wanna Know What Ticks Me Off?

November 22, 2014
This does.…
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Text Neck

November 20, 2014
Yep, there is such a thing.…
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Caring for Elderly Parents

November 20, 2014
The ever-reliable, always-interesting Bill Schambra has a very good piece over at NPQ on the difficulties of caring for one’s parents in a managerial age. Schambra highlights the ways in which the professional management of care has a tendency to…
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No Monday Morning Roundtable Today

November 17, 2014
Wherein my travel plans interfere with my duties.…
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Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on a Liberal Arts Education

November 10, 2014
Higher education in America has many challenges, and in many ways has become a rather strange place. The satirical novel, such as Richard Russo’s Straight Man or James Hyne’s The Lecturer’s Tale, could hardly be written any more, for…
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