Economics & Empire

Conservatism, Localism, and the Mittelpolitan Problem

salestax October 30, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] This morning, I completed a series of lectures and discussions with a local civic group here in Wichita. The topic for this morning was the upcoming elections, but in the end, the only thing just…
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News from Nowhere

October 20, 2014
Providence, RI There are in these recent days at least three matters of great importance confronting my beloved land, The Assimilated Provinces of Megalomerica. They are related to one another. Indeed they must be related to one another, because in…
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The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America (Front Porch Republic Books)

Print September 3, 2014
Entrance:Virtual America’s Convention Hall                                                     Demise—1) the conveyance of an estate 2) transfer                                              of the sovereignty to a successor 3) a: death b: cessation                                              of existence or activity c: a loss of position or status                         …
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The Limits of the Language of Limits

no-limits August 25, 2014
Holland, MI Over at the Postmodern Conservative, Peter Lawler has been writing quite a bit about Robin Williams, and specifically the movie Dead Poets Society (which, Peter and I agree, isn’t that good a movie). In this context Lawler has turned…
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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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How Marx Explains the Pomo-Con/Front-Porch Divide, In Four Easy Steps

karlmarxlego June 4, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Via Rod Dreher, I see that the occasionally interesting blog Postmodern Conservative has departed its longtime home at the (often, if not always) theoconservative journal First Things and has relocated to the National Review,…
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Too Much Magic: A Half Report

download May 28, 2014
He’s no hack.
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Piketty’s Challenge: A Past That Consumes the Future

thomas-piketty_capital-in-the-twenty-first-century May 8, 2014
But the rate of profit does not, like rent and wages, rise with the prosperity, and fall with the declension of the society. On the contrary, it is naturally low in rich, and high in poor countries, and it is…
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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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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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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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Possessive Individualism: Can We Really Own Ourselves?

john-locke-portrait December 23, 2013
The bedrock principle of all Liberalism, whether of the Right or the Left, is Locke’s assertion that “every man has a Property in his own Person.” If is from this principle that Murray Rothbard can assert, “The right to self-ownership…
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An Imaginary Conservatism: The Realists vs. the Romantics

adamsmith September 26, 2013
Reprinted from Ethika Politika Michael Hannon has made a serious attempt to deal with the disputes between the “capitalist” and “anti-capitalist” conservatives, and such a serious attempt deserves a serious response. Since I am mentioned in the article, it behooves…
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The Rhetoric of War Powers

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I suppose we have the Constitution we deserve--but we could fight for the one we had.
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Nourishing America

barley August 20, 2013
In a recently popular documentary, Rosie, a 5th-grader from a small town in Colorado, describes how she often goes to bed with an empty pit in her stomach. Sometimes the hunger is so bad that she can’t concentrate in school.…
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Holy Days, Holidays and the Weekend, or: Are we all Proletarians Now?

austria August 8, 2013
Archduchess Maria Theresa, wife of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Franz Stephan of Habsburg-Lothringen, is on the way to her desk. She is about to enact another of her many reform laws. The one we are interested in…
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