Why Bigamy is a Bad Idea

OscarWilde May 13, 2015
P.S. I don't hold with Oscar Wilde on that one.
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The Trouble with Limits

Dore Paradisio 31 May 12, 2015
Modern persons have a problem with limits, three in fact. They want every good thing to be unlimitedly available for their desires, and scarcity is taken for a cause of fear and anxiety. Hence, “sustainability” is our new environmental shibboleth.…
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The Absurdity of Personal Contact with Natural Beauty

wilderness1 May 6, 2015
In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
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How Beauty Fits

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The most fashionable and defensible position on aesthetics is to maintain that beauty is entirely subjective. Beauty doesn’t exist, we are assured, at least as a quality uniting such diverse phenomena as a painting, a comfortable old house, a song,…
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Contemplation and the Empire of Desire

acedia-brueghel1 May 1, 2015
Philadelphia, PA R. R. Reno of First Things has recently identified the “Empire of Desire” by its odd combination of regulation and libertinism. On the one hand, we cannot ride a bicycle without a helmet or let our children play…
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The Tractor, the Nuts, and The Things They Buried: A Dispatch

Stude58TSpuWhite8 April 29, 2015
I allow myself a brief transgendered wish.
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Conversations with Bronze Age Warlords

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Pop quiz: What ancient Greek legend begins with the kidnapping of Helen of Troy, and ends with Greeks sneaking into Troy inside a hollow wooden horse? If you said “The Iliad,” you’re wrong, as I discovered reading trying…
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Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales: The Putrefaction of America

Capitol Hill Seattle Garage Sale 2013 April 24, 2015
What used to be called garage sales and are now also called “yard” and “estate” sale are the scourge of the neighborhood and a major contributor to the putrefaction of America. I was reminded of this ugly part of the American…
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Why Aldo Leopold Wasn’t (thank God!) an Economist

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He knew that costs are costs.
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Thoreau’s Walden: Embracing a Restorative Experience of Nature

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Windswept and partially covered in snow, winter debris still clinging to its banks, Walden Pond offered no glamorous window into the preeminent beauty of nature when I visited in early April. Its crystal waters were masked by ice and the…
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Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

Ammonia April 15, 2015
If you're an eater uninterested in food, you've got a problem.
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The Socialist Party and the Old Right

TR1GC54 April 10, 2015
A slightly edited version of this talk was delivered at a forum at the National Press Club on April 9, 2015, entitled “American Socialism Reconsidered,” on the occasion of Jack Ross’s new history of the Socialist Party. Video of the event…
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Agricultural Potential, Real Wealth, and the Gold Gold Standard

babybirds1 April 8, 2015
Fattening the worms is the only real future in store for us.
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The Parish and the Papacy

April 8, 2015
This is the fourth of a five-part series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church.” You may find the previous installments here. As I was saying . . . Since the First Sunday of Advent in 1964, parish life…
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From the Multiversity Cave: Aquinas and Synthesis

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Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
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Wendell Berry Opts Out of the ‘Culture of Violence’

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Our Only World: Ten Essays. By Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. In January of 2012, Wendell Berry delivered a speech at Georgetown College that explained his support for legalizing gay marriage. Responses from Berry’s Christian readers came thick and fast;…
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