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Localist Linkfest

April 24, 2015
If Rush Limbaugh hates it, it’s probably a good idea: When Dan Price said last week that he would cut his own pay and profits to make it possible to raise the minimum wage at his credit card processing company…
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Localist Linkfest

April 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s Chipotle order: Hillary Clinton, fighter of children A bizarre and perverse paragraph in the New York Times: Traveling this fascinating and contradictory land today, one must acknowledge a certain debt of gratitude to those generals who helped keep…
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Once Again, the Opponents of Unsupervised Children are Revealed

April 13, 2015
The story is pretty much the same as before: you have children that are placed in a situation which many people would consider less than ideal, a situation which–as it turns out–the children’s parents both knew about and were accepting…
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Localist Linkfest

April 12, 2015
Police are investigating a sighting of an alligator in the Monongahela River Archaeologists defy ISIS by finding new artifacts in Iraq Earth Island Journal interviews Wendell Berry: I’ve already explained my distrust of the term “organic.” So I can hardly…
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Spangled Webb

April 10, 2015
On James Webb, novelist-politician.…
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Our Lawns, Our Eden

April 8, 2015
Last spring I posted a piece on dandelions, after I had been struck by the preponderance of death-dealing chemicals in the ‘lawn and garden’ section at the local big box store. Moved today by the appearance of tractors spraying herbicide over large expanses…
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The Locality of the Church. Or, Where’s Wilson?

Immaculate_Conception_Catholic_Church,_Celina,_closeup April 6, 2015
Such is the wisdom of James Matthew Wilson that it appears a jewel precious in the eyes of Jason Peters.  This Peters will embarrass  and pester and spout folk wisdom, and then engage in poorly informed exegesis that confuses a slogan with a…
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An Amazon Rhythm

April 3, 2015
There’s a recent piece in The New Yorker on the new Amazon Dash Button. For those who don’t know, the Dash Button is a small button you place in your house, which orders regularly-used products (detergent, macaroni, and coffee, if…
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Localist Linkfest

April 3, 2015
If you come across articles I should include in this weekly round-up, email me at bloom.jordan[at]gmail[dot]com or tweet me here. The City of Detroit is pettifogging one of the best independent bookstores out there, John K. King Used & Rare Books…
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Missouri Loves Company

March 30, 2015
I’ve caught a lot of lucky breaks (or unmerited graces) in my life. For instance, I had two superb editors at Henry Holt, which in 2003 published Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette, and both have gone on to write books…
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Too Busy to Eat?

March 27, 2015
A maniacal engineer has solved the "problem" of producing and preparing food.
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“I’ve been called a Marxist and a conservative. I guess both are kind of true.”

March 26, 2015
Matthew Crawford, about whom we have talked a good deal before here at Front Porch Republic, is back with a new book. Like so many other wise observers of our late modern capitalist culture, Crawford has turned his attention to…
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Localist Roundup: A New Localist Roundup

March 25, 2015
You may have noticed that Localist Roundup—FPR’s bi-weekly short post collecting articles of interest from across the internet—has vanished in recent weeks. This post is a continuation of that series, only instead of providing a handful of links, the new…
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Living Pleasantly from the Land

March 20, 2015
“In the first place, thanks to those who work it, the land bears not only the means for people to live, but also bears the means for them to live pleasantly.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This past week I planted…
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The Home Economy: A Symposium. Register Now.

March 16, 2015
Please join us for a Family in America Capitol Hill Symposium, cosponsored with the Front Porch Republic, a panel discussion of the topic: “Rediscovering the Home Economy” Friday, March 27, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Capitol Skyline Hotel,
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The Problem with TNR’s Pope Francis Cover Story

March 12, 2015
I have a long piece up at TheDC, more words than you probably wanted to read on the New Republic’s cover story on Pope Francis, but it touches on certain porcher themes like subsidiarity and limits: As a “vertically integrated…
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