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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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C.S. Lewis, Insomnia, and the Charientocracy

cs_lewis-heretic October 14, 2014
… which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
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The Loss of a Culture of Personhood and the End of Limited Government

October 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…
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Archimedean Points, Above and Below

Archimedes_lever September 24, 2014
“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
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An Alternative to Cosmopolitanism

the world July 7, 2014
[This post is adapted with permission from “Making Places: The Cosmopolitan Temptation,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.] When people use…
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On the Nightstand: Macbeth

June 30, 2014
Our sweetest singer knew something about limits.
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Too Much Magic, Part Two

Shell-Now-Interested-in-CO2-Driven-Enhanced-Oil-Recovery-440378-2 June 11, 2014
Face the future with hope.
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It Can’t Get Any More Dumb-Assed Than This (Can It?)

Clusterfuck+weather_f1f562_4759102 December 11, 2013
Let us take in the full range of dumb-assedness.
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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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Anti-Federalists, Custom, Calhoun, Natural Law, and More

October 30, 2013
The Anti-Federalist Constitution, Freedom & Civility or Why Custom Is as (or More) Important than Law, John C. Calhoun and the Constitution, Defining the American Political Tradition, Nomocracy in the Bible, a Moderate Approach to the Relationship Between Natural and
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Imperial Presidency, U.S. Messianism, Binding Lincoln, and More

October 23, 2013
The Imperial Presidency, the Cost of U.S. Messianism, Criticism of Rich Lowry’s Lincoln Unbound, Jaffa Exposed, the Abandonment of Early American Ordered Liberty, and the Humility of the Declaration of Independence . . . Many important political, legal, and historical…
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S.O.L.

Carter October 8, 2013
Madness may be measured among oncologists who desire unlimited growth.
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Conservatism: What’s Wrong with it and How Can We Make it Right?

Grant_Wood American_Gothic September 18, 2013
This is my contribution to ISI’s symposium, Conservatism: What’s Wrong with it and How Can We Make it Right? In one sense, there is nothing wrong with conservatism. The principles remain; reality has not changed. The problem lies in the…
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The Limits of Place

root man May 28, 2013
Hidden Springs, VA. Recently Ross Douthat commented on Rod Dreher’s new book in a column devoted to the rising incidence of suicide and the problem of loneliness. In a follow-up blog entry, Ross continued his reflections on Rod’s book…
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I Have a Right to be Unlimited

images March 5, 2013
Hidden Springs Lane, VA. Sprint is running a new ad pushing the merits of its data plan. While it might be a mistake to make too much of an ad, it seems appropriate to “read” them as representing the…
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