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Drove My Chevy to See Levy

January 30, 2015
From The American Conservative, the art of Alexander O. Levy, who painted the street where he lived.…
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Marijuana and Self-Government, Large and Small

January 30, 2015
Here in the Air Capital of the World, the Wichita City Council, in response to the second attempt by dozens of local volunteers to gather thousands of signatures in less than a year, has forwarded to the ballot for our…
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Bye Bye Miss Liberal Arts College

January 28, 2015
Those of you reading Jason Peters’ fine article on “liberal” miseducation may also want to take a look at this one.…
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Once Upon a Time in the Middle East

January 23, 2015
My review of ‘American Sniper’ is up at TAC: The New York Times review of “Lawrence of Arabia” from 1962 complains that we don’t really get to know the titular character, a fault Bosley Crowther blames on “the concept of telling the story…
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Step into the Sensorium

January 17, 2015
Pete Davis made his debut on this blog this week, with an essay on the poisonous politics of The West Wing. But he’s not just a writer or community reformer. Today he has released The Sensorium of B.H. Obama, written by Davis and Paul VanKoughnett. I…
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A Porcher in Paris

January 16, 2015
Stephen Heiner writes about about why he didn’t participate in the Paris march. http://theamericaninparis.com/2015/01/10/je-ne-suis-pas-charlie-why-im-not-marching-in-paris-tomorrow/…
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Acquainted with Grief

December 26, 2014
“He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Handel’s Messiah, Air from Part II, quoting Isaiah 53 Being acquainted with grief does not fit the season. Or so it might seem. Last Sunday…
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Fathers and Sons

December 17, 2014
Hunting season is a time for fathers and sons. I have posted a reflection at The Catholic Gentleman on the need our sons have for more time with us their fathers. It’s Not About the Deer: 3 Reasons to Take…
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Consider Donating to FPR

December 16, 2014
Dear Readers, With the end of the year soon upon us, it is time once again to think about making a tax-deductible gift to FPR. Your donations are used to help maintain the excellent content to which you’ve become accustomed,…
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Grateful to be a Teacher

December 10, 2014
“It’s no easy task—indeed it’s very difficult—to realize that in every soul there is an instrument that is purified and rekindled by such subjects [liberal studies] when it has been blinded and destroyed by other ways of life, an instrument…
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A Porcher With Power

December 8, 2014
On Friday, Caleb Stegall–lawyer, farmer, family man, rabble-rouser, and long-time Front Porcher–was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Governor Sam Brownback. The criticisms of Stegall’s appointment are many–he’s been called a crony, been called unqualified, been called an extremist.…
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It’s Third-Party Time

December 3, 2014
Is it a sign of hope that The Progressive and The American Conservative agree–sort of?…
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The Trouble With Goodness

December 3, 2014
This last September, the Future Symphony Institute invited me to address its first annual conference on some of the philosophical problems in our age that make it difficult for the general public to recognize the intrinsic value of orchestras and…
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Localist Roundup: Exercise in a Bottle

December 2, 2014
This piece complains that Small Business Saturday remains in the shadow of the more famous day which precedes it. Meanwhile, this article reports that skilled young people may be returning to their hometowns. This article criticizes the local food movement. And on a…
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A Localist View of Ferguson

November 26, 2014
I’ve had a number of students over the past few days ask me for my opinion of the events in Ferguson, MO. They register shock when I tell them I don’t have one. “You see,” I  say, “Ferguson is not…
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A Good Wife

November 26, 2014
Nothing is better for man than a good wife…” Hesiod, Works and Days One might wonder whether that is an overstatement. It was once suggested to me that Thanksgiving is a good time to focus on one thing…
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