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Localist Roundup: Capitalism

September 18, 2014
This piece explores Mandevillian tendencies in economic thought. In other news, The Guardian has launched a new section encouraging readers to “rethink prosperity.” This article highlights an increasingly listless reaction to technological progress. Lastly, some diversion from America’s Finest News Source.…
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Localist Roundup: NoPhone

September 11, 2014
In recent news, single adults now comprise more than half of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, this piece considers how technology has changed the way we wander. This article argues that the new Apple Watch blurs the distinction between technology and…
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Localist Roundup: Rubber Duck

September 9, 2014
This article poses the question “Who’s responsible for bad architecture?” Meanwhile, this piece criticizes the practice of communities outsourcing art, with particular reference to Florentijn Hofman and his giant rubber ducks. In other news, this article describes the struggles one region…
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How To Not Lose to ISIS

September 6, 2014
My meditation on the question from The American Conservative.…
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Localist Roundup: Boomtown

September 4, 2014
This article condemns the  trend of big houses in America. This feature describes the fate of a small North Dakota town affected by the oil boom. Meanwhile, this article argues against urban farming subsidies in San Francisco. On a lighter note, this…
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New From FPR Books: The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America

September 3, 2014
The first book published under the FPR Books imprint is out. David Bosworth’s The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession can be purchased from the publisher, Wipf and Stock, here. Or from Amazon…
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The Fall of Acorns

September 3, 2014
“When the oak-tree is felled, the whole forest echoes with it; but a hundred acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze.” Thomas Carlyle That time of year is almost here. The first acorns are appearing on the ground. Soon…
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Localist Roundup: Alaskan Food and the End of History

September 2, 2014
This piece provides some interesting thoughts on the future of liberalism. Meanwhile, this article describes Alaska’s local food movement. Finally, the author of this piece describes the significance of learning to cook.…
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FPR Conference Program

August 29, 2014
Tickets are going fast. If you want to attend, register soon. It’s going to be a great event and we hope to see you there. Making a Home Fit for Humans: Localism Beyond Food A Front Porch Republic Conference Chao
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Localist Roundup: Small Things

August 28, 2014
This article tells more about the micro-house trend. Meanwhile, this article gives some economic analysis on the importance of smallness. Lastly, this piece reminds of the importance of local politics even in an age obsessed with the national stage.…
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Melancholy Late August Turns Melancholier

August 28, 2014
Our archrival of 75 years, Jamestown, leaves the New York-Penn League.…
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Last Chance to Plant

August 27, 2014
“Do remember that each kind of work has its season…” Hesiod, Works and Days A simple, mundane truth about the end of August. The mid-Atlantic growing season is moving toward its completion, so now is the last opportunity in the…
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Hearing the Shenandoah

August 20, 2014
“Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you…” American Folk Song, traditional What is it about hearing a river? This past spring I stood next to the flooding Mississippi in St. Paul, Minnesota; the sound was positively forbidding. But perhaps there…
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Localist Roundup: The Terrifying Skyscraper Farm

August 14, 2014
This article criticizes localism and seasonal eating. Meanwhile, this piece argues in favor of public libraries even in an era of digital books. Finally, this imposing proposed structure might take urban farming to an excess. Or it might be a…
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Nothing Incomplete, Nothing in Vain

August 13, 2014
“Now nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain…” Aristotle, Politics Sometimes we might wonder about Aristotle. Was he observing the same world we are? One thing is clear: Aristotle spent much time studying the natural world. For instance, his…
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Localist Roundup: Seasonal Eating

August 12, 2014
This article suggests that Comcast’s infamy comes from the fact that the cable-provider has grown too big to function. Meanwhile, this piece questions the importance of eating seasonally. It also calls localism a “nebulous spectre,” so that’s also exciting. Lastly, this…
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