Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

Ammonia April 15, 2015
If you're an eater uninterested in food, you've got a problem.
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The Socialist Party and the Old Right

TR1GC54 April 10, 2015
A slightly edited version of this talk was delivered at a forum at the National Press Club on April 9, 2015, entitled “American Socialism Reconsidered,” on the occasion of Jack Ross’s new history of the Socialist Party. Video of the event…
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Agricultural Potential, Real Wealth, and the Gold Gold Standard

babybirds1 April 8, 2015
Fattening the worms is the only real future in store for us.
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The Parish and the Papacy

April 8, 2015
This is the fourth of a five-part series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church.” You may find the previous installments here. As I was saying . . . Since the First Sunday of Advent in 1964, parish life…
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From the Multiversity Cave: Aquinas and Synthesis

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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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Wendell Berry Opts Out of the ‘Culture of Violence’

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Our Only World: Ten Essays. By Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. In January of 2012, Wendell Berry delivered a speech at Georgetown College that explained his support for legalizing gay marriage. Responses from Berry’s Christian readers came thick and fast;…
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Alienated Children and Inalienable Rights

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We describe the most fundamental principles of American politics in terms of “rights.” According to the Declaration of Independence, which constitutes the philosophical foundation of American politics, it is “self-evident” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed…
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When Your Hometown Goes International

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New York City is not an American city; it’s an Arab nation filled with a thousand different tribes who grudgingly live amongst each other. Through its history, parts have tried to secede, parts have burned, but we’ve made it through…
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Why Cities Ought to, Sometimes, Challenge Their States

April 2, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On next Tuesday’s ballot here in Wichita, KS, voters will be able to, whether they realize it or not, directly contribute to an ongoing struggle over the meaning and operations of democratic government in the…
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The Drama, the Dryer, and the Dingleberry at Dumb Ass: A Dyspatch

Golden Doodle April 1, 2015
I should have non-human clones of my own children, clones on whose meaningless lives I can practice parenting.
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The Lure of Unreason

Morning Joe - Harf - 06_00_14 AM March 31, 2015
It is a pedestrian fact of logic that one may not consistently argue to a correct conclusion from an incorrect premise. There are exceptions to this fact, as in the sayings “a blind squirrel can find a nut if he…
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Freedom and Four-Year Olds

PreK iPads March 30, 2015
Holland, MI In public policy, few things are ever entirely right or wrong. Like economics, we are often dealing with trade-offs. Ignoring the trade-offs blinds us to some of the consequences of policies, some of the reasons for the policies,…
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The Low Standards of Norman Rockwell’s Critics

March 27, 2015
All too many people are entirely settled in their opinion that Norman Rockwell’s art presents a “falsification” of reality: in short, he is charged with utopianism. This opinion is false, but nearly universal. Now, as it happens, the most common…
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Was 1964 the Most Important Year — Ever?

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Ask an American of even above-average intelligence what happened in 1964, and the predictable answer would be “Beatlemania” (although the politically sensitive conservative might cite the stirring defeat of Barry Goldwater in that year’s presidential race). But what if it…
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Beauty and the Beer Holder in the Built Environnment

Katedra2 March 25, 2015
Their offspring will be hideous three-eyed freaks.
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The Letter to Iran and Bipartisan Hype

Tom-Cotton March 24, 2015
Sioux Center, Iowa.   Most Republican members of the U.S. Senate have signed a public letter to the Iranian government warning that any agreement with President Obama that is not approved by the Senate is likely to be transitory and counterproductive…
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