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How Equality Makes Us Better (and Stupid)

declaration of independence April 21, 2014

Hidden Springs Lane…. The concept of equality lies at the heart of the American system. School children learn by heart (or used to) those memorable lines from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truth self-evident that all men

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Dollarocracy: Money-Power, Media-Framed Elections and Inequality

dollarocracy April 17, 2014

When searching for semi-precious stones, one must at times loosen jewels from the mineral deposits in which they’re locked.  This consideration applies to books as well as nature’s treasures.  One reads certain political books not necessarily because of agreement with…

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The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe

BASE-shoe April 15, 2014

Rock Island, Il

The day for greeting my swarthy brethren with “Xristos Almosti!” has come and gone. (A Greco-Rus hybrid response might be “Alithos Notyetski!”) The best part of Palm Sunday, aside from the fact that it inaugurates our dolorous

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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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