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Making a Home Where You Live. An Interview.

October 6, 2014
Here’s an interview I did with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. The occasion was the publication of Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred McClay and Ted V. McAllister. My essay, “Making…
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Humbled and Grateful

October 3, 2014
After 6 or so years as Editor-in-Chief at FPR, Mark Mitchell has decided to take a well-deserved rest from his labors. He has been, in our short history, the indispensable person. Under Mark’s leadership FPR has emerged as a distinctive…
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Localist Roundup: Fire and Food

October 2, 2014
This piece reports on a global survey for food sustainability. In America specifically, there’s a growing tendency to prefer snacks to meals. In other food news, this article criticizes food labels for misleading and fraudulent claims. And this piece argues…
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Jeff Polet Takes Over as Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2014
Jeff Polet of Hope College in Holland, MI is assuming the role of editor-in-chief of FPR. Jeff brings energy, creativity, and a commitment to the ideals of place, limits, and liberty, and I am confident that FPR will thrive under…
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On Bosworth’s Demise of Virtue

September 30, 2014
What contemporary capitalism needs to learn from fairy tales ...
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Localist Roundup: Dead at 75

September 25, 2014
This article considers whether marriage is becoming a kind of luxury. Meanwhile, this piece attempts to coax readers into community involvement. In other news, this interesting piece claims 75 as the ideal age for death. And this equally interesting piece…
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Discipline and Silence

September 24, 2014
“And when it comes to action, put your trust in discipline and silence; in every kind of warfare they count a lot, and particularly in naval engagement.” Phormio, Athenian naval commander, in Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. The parallels…
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Localist Roundup: Future Food and Farmers

September 23, 2014
This piece notes the disappearance of young American farmers.  Meanwhile, these people are making food with data. Lastly, this article advocates a strange combination of cosmopolitanism and local ideals to combat climate change.…
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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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