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Senate Decline, David Hume, Common Law, and More

November 29, 2013
The Decline of the Senate, David Hume’s Philosophical Sanity and Critical Conservatism, James Stoner Vindicates Common Law, Barry Shain Creates a Place for Postmodern-Conventionalist Conservatism, and Justice Stephen Breyer’s French Vision . . . Many important political, legal, and historical…
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A Human Scale Future

porch July 12, 2013
Hidden Springs Lane. The notion of scale should be an integral part of the conversation when we consider matters of economic and political import. Unfortunately, this is generally not the case. In fact, the language of scale has for a…
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What is American?

CMRneenah December 14, 2010
While there is much work to be done and there are no guarantees of success, we don’t have to look far for the foundations upon which to build. They are all around us.
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On the Porch with Bye, Bye, Miss American Empire

bye bye December 9, 2010
I value a writer who makes me read with a dictionary. Godspeed the man with a memory.
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Democracy as Spectacle: The Messianic Compulsions of our Republic

non-profit September 3, 2010
Americans do not need a Messiah because this nation is not Heaven on Earth.
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Islam and America: The President’s Fictitious History

mosque August 17, 2010
It is characteristic of the tyrant, however, that he thinks he can get away with lies in the sense that no one will contradict them even when his statements are transparently untrue.
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Washington, we have a Problem

1120645_harvest_moon February 1, 2010
We have for so long asserted that we are a force for good in the world and that our efforts are in the service of "democracy" that we can no longer see the irony of a nation refusing to call itself an empire when in possession of military bases around the globe and expending nearly half our annual tax receipts on war efforts without foreseeable end.
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It’s the Family, Stupid

December 24, 2009
Hillsdale,MI. David the King ordered the beautiful Bathsheba to come to him because he could.    He also could have her husband killed, and sent the letter that condemned Uriah the Hittite to death in Uriah’s own hand, because David knew…
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False Economics and Malignant Growth

November 11, 2009
Patrick Deneen’s excellent post this morning on populism, directly invoking Kansas, gives me the occassion to repost a short essay I wrote last year for my on again off again (more off than on lately) column in the wonderful Kansas independent publication…
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The Agenda: Political or Economic?

November 6, 2009
Irving, TX. The Front Porch Republic has been graced by two contributions from Mark Mitchell and Caleb Stegall on the political agenda for front-porchers. And while one may quibble with this or that point, no one here, I think, will…
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The Stories We Tell…

October 28, 2009
Philadelphia, PA. If you have read just one of Wendell Berry’s novels or short stories, then you have glimpsed this Kentucky farmer’s love for family, place, and story.   In a contemplative section of his 2004 novel, Hannah Coulter, Berry entwines these
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The (“Post-”) Modern Cave: An Allegory of the University

March 19, 2009
Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Imagine human beings brought up from childhood in a cave, bound fast with their heads all facing one direction. On the wall before them they see only the motions of shadows, and they discuss these with each…
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