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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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An Ancient Legacy of Form: Guardini on Mastery and Nearness

Ship_in_full_sail_by_Munin February 26, 2013
Our dwelling place is the state not of nature but of culture.
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Liberal Culture?

one way August 20, 2012
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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A Lucubration Neither Lugubrious Nor Lubricious; or, A Nocturnal Upon Saint Edward Abbey

Ed-Abbey-The-Journey-Home June 12, 2012
What machine can match a pair of legs?
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New ANAMNESIS Symposium: “Views on Hawthorne, Simms, History, and Progress.”

April 16, 2012
Many FPR readers will enjoy the new symposium, “Views on Hawthorne, Simms, History, and Progress,” in ANAMNESIS, A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’…
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