Jeffrey Polet

Tonight in Grand Rapids

July 2, 2015
I’ll be speaking tonight at St. Isidore’s in Grand Rapids as part of their “Fortnight for Freedom” series. My topic is “Two Cities: Can Catholics and Liberals Co-exist?” You’ll have to attend to find out the answer.…
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On the 800th Birthday of Magna Carta

June 15, 2015
At least we can still do this:…
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The Philanthropic Revolution

June 1, 2015
Founding editor Jeremy Beer has just had his very important The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity published by UPenn Press. Walter McDougall called it “a synthetic masterpiece,” and R.R. Reno lauds it as “marvelous history.” Jeremy’s book…
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On Commencement Addresses

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Holland, MI It is graduation season. On campuses across the country graduates will be subject to the last compulsory and least remarkable rite of passage: the commencement address. By my calculations I have attended nearly 30 graduation ceremonies. Of the…
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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

PreK iPads March 30, 2015
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.…
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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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