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The Banks we Deserve, the Economy we can Sustain

If you didn’t catch this panel put on by Marketplace and BBC, it’s pretty exciting. It takes the expert panel only about 10 minutes (2:00 to 12:40) to get to crucial points FPR folks have been making for years: We have to give u...

New Symposium on Distributism

Porch readers will be interested in the new online symposium on distributism that is now on ANAMNESIS, A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’ This includes essays by John Medaille, Thomas Storck, and T...

Thoughts on the British Riots

They do not smash shop windows to get their hands on plasma televisions, because their parents' wealth makes such toys readily available to them, but they really have no greater desire in life than to have a plasma television

Perils of the Stationary State

When economic growth finally levels off, what kind of world comes after? Shall we be unchained from the mad rush for money of the last century? Or will other but equally chafing chains weigh us down instead?

The Old College Try

Claremont, CA. The New York Times has joined a host of other publications asking the question: Is college worth it? And again, just like every time I read an article that attempts to answer this question, I want to bang my head against a wa...

Thrifty Americans Threaten Recovery

Kearneysville, WV. Things are looking up. According to the “experts” the global economy appears to be stabilizing. For what it’s worth, the use of phrases like “economic Armageddon” are not being uttered with the frequency they were l...

Tocqueville on the Shores of Titicaca

Amid Alexis de Tocqueville’s writings on revolution in France, there is a passage that rings true for those of us who have spent time in the countryside.  He observed that however lively affairs of state might seem, it is often hard to get ...