When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do

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Recently the city council in my hometown decided we desperately needed a courthouse. Mind you, my hometown is not the state capital. It’s not even the county seat. Florissant is a mid-size working class suburb north of St. Louis with a somewhat steady…
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Local Dynasties Only, Please

December 18, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] With former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement on Tuesday that he’s “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States”–a move which, it should be noted, has been predicted by many for…
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Compromising with Leviathan

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The NBA is chloroform in motion.
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Happy Holidays to Us

December 16, 2014
Malibu, CA I understand why many wish me a “Happy Holidays” in public settings, and I am glad they wish me well at this time of year. I must confess, though, that the greeting puzzles me, and I am reluctant…
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Opening Night, Way off Broadway: Greater Tuna in Shiner, Texas

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In this edition of Tales from the Kolache Belt, we celebrate community theatre. Not many rural towns of just over 2,000 souls can boast an institution like the Gaslight Theatre, but it is a testament to the people of…
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The End We Imagine

December 11, 2014
I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as they are released in the United States. The Giver was one of the ones that had…
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Metaphysics as a Guide to Porters

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Now you’re in the region of a woman’s fury.
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Free Yourself from the Telescopic Morality Machine

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There is one version of the history of modern media that is a story primarily about a drug, developed to make its users feel anger with delightful intensity. Refinement of this drug has made some great leaps in a very…
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Straight Man: An FPR Revaluation

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Her breasts are too good for the local market.
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A Different Approach to Money in the Household

December 2, 2014
“So if one doesn’t know how to make use of it, Critobulus, then money must be kept at such a distance that it isn’t even included among one’s assets.” Socrates, in The Estate Manager, by Xenophon This time of year…
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The Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on Immigration

December 1, 2014
Our panel discusses immigration policy from a localist perspective.
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Thanksgiving Reflection III: Unbought Grace

November 27, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. It’s raining. Yesterday we were told to expect 4-8 inches of snow. I was looking forward to the snow. Getting a good snow for Thanksgiving somehow seemed like a good idea. A cessation of movement. A chance…
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Thanksgiving Reflection II: Modestly Thankful

November 27, 2014
I am ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is not a problem though I am sure I could show more gratitude especially when stuck behind some driver in the passing lane who doesn’t know how highways work. I am one of…
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Thanksgiving Reflections I

November 27, 2014
[Editor's note] President Washington, in his original Thanksgiving Day proclamation, insisted it the “duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,” and to be “grateful for His benefits.” Washington also gave thanks for our liberty and our temporal…
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Blind Auto-Repair and Breathing in a Small Town as Things Get Worse: A Dispatch

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Not one to mince words, she cuts to the chase.
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Berry at SAMLA

November 25, 2014
Jeffrey Bilbro reviews Wendell Berry's appearance at SAMLA.
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