Leisure Starts at Home

September 30, 2015
If leisure is the basis of culture, it must first be the basis of home life. So I argue over at Ethika Politika: Leisure as the Basis of Home Life…
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FPR Conference Program. A Preview.

September 23, 2015
Here is the program for the upcoming FPR conference in Geneseo, NY on October 3. If you have not already done so, register here. You won’t want to miss this one. Panel 1:  Prophets, Sages, and Jesters of Sustainable Localism 
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The Decline of the Tory, A Continuing Saga

September 22, 2015
In a recent broadside against the teachings of what Damon Linker correctly notes today as the world’s “politically inconvenient pontiff,” George F. Will–with unsurprising dogmatism, unfortunately–lays bare the liberal roots of his contempt: As the world spurns his church’s teachings…
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FPR Conference. Register Now!

September 21, 2015
FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC CONFERENCE COMES TO SUNY GENESEO OCTOBER 3 “Sustainable Localism: Sages, Prophets, and Jesters,” the fifth annual Front Porch Republic conference, will be held on Saturday, October 3 in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom at the…
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The Festivity of the Just

September 16, 2015
“Men whose justice is straight know neither hunger nor ruin, but amid feasts enjoy the yield of their labors.” Hesiod, Works and Days Festivity. The word brings longing to the heart; we find ourselves wondering where it can be found.…
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When Children Resemble Their Fathers

September 10, 2015
“Fleecy sheep are weighed down with wool, and women bear children who resemble their fathers.” Hesiod, Works and Days In describing “a city that prospers,” Hesiod points to something rather unexpected: that “women bear children who resemble their fathers.” We…
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When Scoundrels are Honored

September 2, 2015
“The man who keeps his oath, or is just and good, will not be favored, but the evildoers and scoundrels will be honored…” Hesiod, Works and Days Whom do we as a people honor? Aristotle once asserted that a nation…
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When Hospitality Vanishes

August 26, 2015
“…and there will be no affection between guest and host.” Hesiod, Works and Days Ancient Greek literature reveals a striking practice of hospitality. We would do well to consider what is implied in this practice. When a host welcomes someone—sometimes…
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When Shame Vanishes

August 19, 2015
“… shame will vanish.” Hesiod, Works and Days Hesiod gives a remarkable description of a degenerate culture by pointing to several of its hallmark characteristics. This one is particularly chilling. “Shame” for the Greeks refers to a crucial human passion:…
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I’m…Waiting for My Manuscript

August 12, 2015
Okay, one more advert for myself, or rather my latest, lukewarm off the presses from Front Porch Republic Books: Poetry Night at the Ballpark and other Scenes from an Alternative America. This is from that essential bimonthly, The American Conservative.…
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Why Everyone Should Plant Seeds This Week

August 5, 2015
“Of the art of acquisition [of food] then there is one kind which by nature is a part of the management of a household, in so far as the art of household management must either find ready to hand, or…
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FPR Conference. Register Now!

August 3, 2015
The fifth annual Front Porch Republic conference will be held on October 3 in Geneseo, New York. The conference will explore sustainable localism and will feature a panel on the thought of Christopher Lasch and talks on Liberty Hyde Bailey,…
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Surely Booth

August 2, 2015
Tarkington, that is. America Moved, edited by our very own Jeremy Beer, receives an exceptionally fine review in the University Bookman by their fellow Hoosier Nathan P. Origer.…
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A Sweet Gift from Heaven

July 29, 2015
“The heavenly gift of honey…” Virgil, The Georgics Thus Virgil opens his final book of The Georgics. Perhaps these words rolled off his pen with hardly a thought; or maybe they were very deliberate. Either way they express a sentiment,…
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The Challenge of Working Fathers

July 15, 2015
Much has been written about mothers leaving home to enter the workforce. Little attention is given to the prior exodus of fathers from the home: a situation that long ago came to be considered standard, even in traditional households. I…
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Localist Linkfest

July 11, 2015
First off, I’m filling in for Mike Church on Monday morning again, from 6-9 on Sirius XM Patriot 125. The last hour will be a religious liberty roundtable featuring our own Prof. Deneen, CUA’s Chad Pecknold, Ryan Anderson of the…
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