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Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

hemp bound April 11, 2014

From the perspective of a patriotic American who’s just researched hemp’s potential from Canada to Hawaii, Germany to Colorado, things are moving from fantasy to reality so quickly that it’s kind of making me believe in a societal version of…

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The New Briar Patch Puts All in Doubt

briarpatch April 8, 2014

You’d have to call this job rebarbative.

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Equality and the Culture of Perpetual Offense

defend equality April 6, 2014

Hidden Springs Lane. Rod Dreher has recently been pointing out (for example here) the various ways that those who voice public opposition to certain positions (especially gay marriage) are routinely denied their right to voice an opinion. The freedom to…

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Recovering Bliss From the Conditions of Disaster

car10 April 1, 2014

AM radio shouts at me, first the nut-jobs on the right, then the nut-jobs on the left.

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Regarding Porn

Andy Warhol April 1, 2014

As Mary Eberstadt has recently pointed out over at First Things…, evidence is accumulating that the current day usage of pornography is taking a toll on marriages and families. And, as Reinhard Hutter later added in a different FT

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What’s a Localist to Do?

localism March 30, 2014

Hidden Springs Lane…. It’s not easy being a localist. Vladimir Putin has taken Crimea and many in the West are afraid that he has designs on the rest of Ukraine and perhaps beyond. A Malaysian 777 has disappeared without

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G.K. Chesterton in 1000 Words

Gilbert_Chesterton March 28, 2014

I once knew a woman who met Chesterton. It was a brief meeting in the 1920s when she was a girl of about ten or so. Her older sister invited her to go into London to hear the great man…

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Of Bees and Moonshine

bee hive March 27, 2014

Hidden Springs Lane.… In the spring of 2012, I started keeping bees. The first thing to notice is that people do not raise bees or herd bees. In fact, one does not compel bees to do much of anything. One

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What is Wrong With the Front Porch?

front-porch-attitude March 25, 2014

Let’s be honest: the posts are terrible.

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The Crafting of the Fourteenth Amendment

Bingham March 21, 2014

Several years ago, after driving past the impressively proportioned Harrison County Courthouse in my hometown of Cadiz for the hundredth time, I thought I ought to stop and look and in general confirm the identity of the man whose likeness…

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Rock n’ Roll, Inc: The Power Source Behind America’s Founding and its Operational Strength

1839-meth (2) March 14, 2014

It is often said that Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1839 essay, “Self Reliance”, is the real American Declaration of Independence, and to a certain extent this is true.
Emerson was a new Adam, and he deliberately proclaimed a new Heaven and…

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Mumford and Suns

earth March 13, 2014

“For a child”, I remember our priest saying a few years ago, ”the sun rises over the barn and sets on the further side of the field”. In the next, more worldly, stage of life, “the earth orbits the sun…

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Another Reason to Love this Small Town

paint_swatch_wall_021 March 11, 2014

“Support your local Muslim,” she says to me brightly.

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A Militarism We Call Patriotism

obama-state-union-2013-climate-change_64249_600x450 March 11, 2014

With the U.S. military experience in Iraq finally concluded, in January of 2012, President Barack Obama bookended his State of the Union address with an appeal for the nation to act more like the United States military: goal driven and…

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Imagining Healthy Work: Why We all Have to Become Monks

Fra_Angelico_031 March 10, 2014

This essay was originally presented at Spring Arbor University’s annual Focus series.
I am speaking today not as a literature specialist, nor as a professional economist, nor as a business expert, but simply as a human.  So in talking about

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A Genuinely Original Libertarian Argument?

March 5, 2014

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Yesterday evening, I participated in a symposium sponsored in part by Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, a private Christian academy, here in Wichita, KS. I’ve done a lot with Northfield over the years, as…

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