Russell Arben Fox

Jesse Winchester, Southern Regionalist, RIP

April 12, 2014

Jesse Winchester, a tuneful poet from a small corner of southern America who had to flee America–at a time when it was going through one of its more invasively imperial stages–to find his voice passed away yesterday. Anyone who knows…

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Rod Dreher Speaking in Wichita, KS

March 20, 2014

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
If it so happens that someone who sees this post lives in or within driving distance of Wichita, KS, then let me invite you: the author, journalist, and blogger Rod Dreher, someone whom I consider…

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A Genuinely Original Libertarian Argument?

March 5, 2014

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Yesterday evening, I participated in a symposium sponsored in part by Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, a private Christian academy, here in Wichita, KS. I’ve done a lot with Northfield over the years, as…

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If On A Northeastern Ohio Winter’s Night a Traveler…

December 19, 2013

The good folks at Mackinaw Valley Institute ponder the passage of time and the provisioning of shelter, as people travel from place to place, needing to find a home in the meantime:
The Old Stagecoach Inn is a testament to…

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A Semester of Teaching Sustainability

Phils December 14, 2013

[Cross-Posted to In Medias Res]
The semester has come to an end here at Friends University, and students are leaving campus for their holiday break. Right now I’m grading, and while I have many tests to grade, none interest me…

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What Does it Take to Keep Small Rural Towns Alive?

November 29, 2013

On the basis of this story out of Morland, KS (population 150, or thereabouts), the answer seems to me: community determination (citizens forming a local foundation to purchase and keep operating the one grocery store left in the area), hard…

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Being Thankful for National Communities and Civil Religion, Sometimes

November 28, 2013

[Cross-Posted to In Medias Res]
Amongst those Americans who believe that the civic virtues which make both popular government and a fulfilling independence possible are themselves dependent upon, to a great extent, the preservation of traditions and an attachment to…

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Thoughts on Elshtain

elshtain August 13, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Jean Bethke Elshtain, a profound and important political theorist and ethicist, died yesterday I was lucky enough to have met her perhaps a handful of times, being able to ask her a question or two…

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Pondering St. Francisville, Gilead, and our Stories of Place

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[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Jeremy Beer’s recent review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming… leads me to once again reflect upon Rod Dreher’s excellent book (about which I’ve already had a lot to say), in part because it

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The Problem of Undertheorized Agrarianism in Most Actually Argued Localism

April 25, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
That’s a terrible title for this post, I know. But hopefully it’ll make sense, if you actually make it to the end.
First of all, if any reader of this blog has missed out on…

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Fresh Water (Now at a Special Discount Price)!

April 22, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Well, this is rather fascinating: here we have a video of the Austrian businessman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who from 1997 until 2008 was CEO of Nestlé Group, one of the largest and most profitable corporations on…

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Mark Mitchell’s Politics of Gratitude (Theoretical and Otherwise)

tree April 18, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
To continue with the excellent discussion begun by R.J. Snell, Mark Mitchell’s fine and thoughtful book is filled with important insights and challenges, which do not, in my judgment, quite achieve what the author lays…

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Some Big Capitalists Do It Right

April 8, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
From what I can tell, most businesses, once they get to a certain size, cannot avoid be lured into the American conviction that you must expand or die. And, of course, the primary ways to…

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Ruthie Leming’s (and Rod Dreher’s) Little Way

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[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Rod Dreher’s 2006 manifesto, Crunchy Cons…, was an inspiration (and provocation) to many, on both the left and the right. It wasn’t that the book was a tremendous intellectual break-through or an entirely new

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Something About Which Leftists, Localists, and Libertarians (But Probably Not Philosophical Liberals) Ought to Agree

March 7, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be head of the CIA–something that he did in order to “draw attention to deep concern on both sides of the political aisle about…

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Glenn Beck Gives Utopia a Bad Name

January 15, 2013

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
So Glenn Beck has proposed his grandest scheme yet: the construction of separate planned community, literally built around (in terms of architecture and overall design) the idealization (and arguably the idol-ization) of what he understands…

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