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In the Company of Dead Men

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And even then we will not have arrived at “the future.”
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Bernie Sanders: Front Porch Socialist?

August 10, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] This October, Front Porch Republic will host its annual conference in Geneseo, NY, just a short day’s drive from Burlington, Vermont, the home current presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders will not, I am confident,…
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From the Multiversity: Three Reformations

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Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
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What Ronda Rousey Knows About Caitlyn Jenner

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Hidden Springs Lane. Two of the biggest sports-related stories of this year include the dominance of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner to a world that knew him once as Bruce. Rousey has managed to…
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The Blouse, the Pig, and the Fox

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I can’t lead a fast break any more, but I can still see sideways.
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From The Multiversity: The New Paradigm

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Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
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Just Another Naked King

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What hath Athens to do with Main Street?  Why should an economic crisis in a small European nation shake up the world?  And can this possibly add up to freedom? If despite all you know about globalization such questions…
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The Noble Doubt and the Cardinal’s Certain Flight

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The cardinal's steely resolve is touchingly quixotic.
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A Conversation with Bill Kauffman

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I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
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An Athenian Coup, or Slapstick Bedtime Story?

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For tonight’s lesson, I said to my ten-year-old, tell me how the first democracy was created. “Sure,” she said, remembering our lessons past. “It was in Athens, about 2,500 years ago, and the poor people of Athens were unhappy and…
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The Stalinists Take South Carolina, or Why I Love Berlin

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Any expat will tell you that the longer they spend outside of their home country the easier it becomes to dispassionately examine the current events happening there. Last week my eyes fell upon the headline, “South Carolina waves the white flag.”…
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Killer Pumpkin: A GardenDisPatch

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It’s nurse Goodbody pulling up the drive.
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Kids These Days: Why We Shouldn’t Worry if They Don’t Leave Home Early

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A popular version of the undying nostalgia for a golden era gone by is the view that this era was a time when men were men, and children grew into adults at the proper time. These days you cannot go…
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Visit to a Small Planet

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BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY — As New Horizons races past Pluto this week, I offer this blast from the recent past, a tribute to the discoverer of the ninth planet (International Astronomical Union be damned), Clyde Tombaugh. The piece first appeared…
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Contemplation and Distraction; or, Fecating and Free-Ranging Over the Deadline

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I don’t really mind being everyone’s full-time unpaid employee.
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Puritans and The Pope: The Conflicted Christian History of American Ecological Ethics

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The responses from American Christians to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ have fallen into two predictable categories: Economic conservatives push back against Francis’ critique of “technoscience,” claiming that capitalism and technical innovation have made billions of people more prosperous. On…
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