Category: Writers & Poets

Ohio’s Backyard Scientist

“Would that thou couldst last for aye, Merry, ever-merry May!” William D. Gallagher (the forgotten Ohio poet) BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY–The clouds of April have scattered, so look skyward (while keeping your feet on the gro...

Canon Fodder I: Uncle Remus

New Castle, Kentucky. We can’t talk about the economy all the time, or anyway I can’t.  Today instead I want to sing a song of the literature of place–and my refrain is, “Bred and born in a briar-patch.” For someone who be...

By the Book

My piece, titled as above, on the future of publishing, and particularly “conservative” publishing, is up now for subscribers at the American Conservative. You should subscribe. It’s worth it — not for my piece, but ...

A Call to Arms

JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS.  The review below was first published in the Intercollegiate Review in the fall of 2006.  Look Homeward, America was my first introduction to the work of the man who currently holds (until he falls out of it) the E...

I Want to Be a Consumer

A bit of doggerel from Punch Magazine (25 April 1934). I Want to Be a Consumer “And what do you mean to be?” The kind old Bishop said As he took the boy on his ample knee And patted his curly head. “We should all of us choose a calling To h...

Price, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS.*  In 1947, two titans of 20th-century economic theory, Ludwig von Mises and Wilhelm Röpke, met in Röpke’s home of Geneva, Switzerland. During the war, the Genevan fathers coped with shortages by providing cit...

The Thee-ater of the Bozarts

Louisville, Ky. “Rural dwellers may have boundless tolerance for exaltations of the wonders and mysteries of the natural world, but the urban spirit begins to rebel. By the time this well-intentioned but miscalculated show drew to a close, ...

The Dismal Science vs. Community

  RINGOES, NJ. In 1944 two very different but related books were published. The first was F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. In a world that seemed to be succumbing to the socialist ideal, where planned economies represented a glorious ...

Life Amid the Suicide Machines

JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS.  In small town America, business owners get to sponsor everything from the high school wrestling team to the “pride committee” chili cook off.  One of the events my law practice regularly sponsors is th...

Does the Way of Improvement Lead Home?

First, let me extend my greetings to the readers of the Front Porch Republic. I have been following conversations here at FPR since it launched earlier this year and find myself resonating with its mission. So needless to say I was quite fl...