Appropriate Skepticism and Papal Authority

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Belief that the Holy Spirit invariably leads the Roman Catholic Church to what is true requires one to suspend reasonable skepticism about the typical dysfunction and fallibility of humans and human institutions. Moreover, it seems appropriate for individual Christians (even…
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The Fence and the Total Ab Workout

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It’s a total ab workout I could hock and get rich off of.
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Common Good Politics: A Review of Nader’s Book

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In his new book, Ralph Nader argues that the Left and the Right should unite against the economic and political establishment in the Center.
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Christopher Lasch, Burke, and Pinker on Progress

November 23, 2013
The Wisdom of Christopher Lasch, Steven Pinker’s The Better Angles of Our Nature, and Edmund Burke & F.A. Hayek . . . This week Anamnesis Journal examined many important topics related to Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’ Please enjoy
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Buchanan v. Lincoln, Oakeshott, Constitutional Ideology, and More

November 8, 2013
The Dangers of Constitutional Ideology, Spontaneous Order in the American Colonies, Buchanan and Lincoln, Michael Oakeshott Against the Telocrats . . . Many important political, legal, and historical issues have been discussed at Nomocracy in Politics. Further thoughtful analysis will…
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Carter October 8, 2013
Madness may be measured among oncologists who desire unlimited growth.
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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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The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place and Community in a Global Age

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Here is an excerpt from my recently published book: The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place and Community in a Global Age. American politics is broken. One of the few things most Americans agree on is that Congress is an ineffectual…
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The Writer as Yente

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Friends sit shoulder to shoulder.
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Liberal Culture?

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The word “culture” readily falls from our lips, but what appears on first glance to be a clear-cut notion becomes much more complex as soon as we attempt to define it. “Culture” is employed in a variety of ways and…
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Richard Weaver on War and Stephen Smith on Liberalism in ANAMNESIS.

May 10, 2012
FPR readers will be interested in two new essays in ANAMNESIS. The first, by Professor Jay Langdale, is a fascinating examination of Richard Weaver’s analysis of pathologies related to modern war:…
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The Music of The Spheres and The Terminally Tone-Deaf

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I was watching a film called Chartres Cathedral and the Geometry of the Sacred the other day. For some reason, the Gothic gargoyles put me in mind of the Republican presidential primaries and their rather odd assortment of candidates.  And…
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Ciceronian Society Conference at UVA, March 29-31

March 19, 2012
FPR readers are invited to attend the coming Ciceronian Society Conference at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, March 29-31. All attendance to observe the panels is free of charge. Featured speakers include John Medaille, Donald Livingston, Jeff Taylor, James…
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A Burke for Our Times

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In a wonderful article published here at FPR a few weeks ago, Jason Peters argued that a proper education ought to provoke a kind of spiritual or intellectual crisis among its students.  If I could choose one author who best…
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What’s Wrong With Iowa? (A Transplanted Professor Knows)

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If you think you may legitimately enjoy the physical benefits of a place while dwelling in the airy regions of judgment above it, you’d better think again.
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Conservative in America

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Kearneysville, WV. As this election cycle grinds on, and as Washington prepares for CPAC’s 2012 event, each Republican candidate continues to claim that he best represents the conservative ideal. In this on-going contest over a word, the various contenders have…
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