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Localist Linkfest

June 28, 2015
This has to be a very complicated week for gay neo-Confederates — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 26, 2015 Some megachurches are scanning their congregants’ faces to check their attendance. Possible oldest footprints in North America found FAIR: “NPR Celebrates Fast-Track…
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Virgil and the Pope on Empty Fields

June 24, 2015
“For right and wrong change places; everywhere So many wars, so many shapes of crime Confront us; no honor attends the plow, The fields, bereft of tillers, are all unkempt…” Virgil, The Georgics So many wars; so many different shapes…
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Knowing the Place We Call Home

June 19, 2015
“He who intends to practice economy aright ought to be fully acquainted with the places in which his labor lies…” Aristotle, Economics Aristotle often provides us with simple, practical insights. In words redolent of the works of Wendell Berry he…
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Put Jeannette Rankin on the $10 Bill!

June 19, 2015
I’m over at the Guardian, making the case.…
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Laudato si’

June 18, 2015
The new encyclical “on care for our common home” can be read here.…
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“My Dad” by Paul Westerberg

June 18, 2015
A Father’s Day song, courtesy of the pride of the Twin Cities. Yeah, it’s a couple of days early, but then as Senator Henry Moore Teller (D-CO) said during the 1908 debate over the establishment of a national Mother’s Day,…
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A Discussion of Distraction

June 16, 2015
Today, The New Yorker ran an article called “A New Theory of Distraction.” In the piece, the author–Joshua Rothman–speculates as to the nature of distraction in modern times: Like typing, Googling, and driving, distraction is now a universal competency. We’re…
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On the 800th Birthday of Magna Carta

June 15, 2015
At least we can still do this: http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/iowa-supreme-court-affirms-drunk-front-porch-31721986…
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Bill Kauffman’s New Book

June 15, 2015
… Poetry Night at the Ballpark and Other Scenes from an Alternative America is the latest title from FPR Books. Herein, for your convenience and reading pleasure, Bill collects various and sundry pieces written between 1986 and 2014. Do an…
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Localist linkfest

June 14, 2015
Why Evelyn Waugh stopped voting Parochial plug for the best state, from Nathaniel Beverley Tucker: The Virginian is a Virginian every where. In the wilds of the west, on the sands of Florida, on the shores of the Pacific—every where…
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Saving the Liberal Arts

June 11, 2015
Damon Linker had a piece at The Week yesterday, explaining “How to save liberal arts education.” From the article: The structural trends working against the humanities are just too strong. There is, for one thing, the way that the old-fashioned American…
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Cheap Gratitude

June 9, 2015
Yesterday, The Atlantic ran a piece called, “‘I’ve Never Thanked My Parents for Anything.’” The author–Deepak Singh–explains the differences between “thank you”s  in the States, and expressions of gratitude from his country of origin–India: I have been living in the United…
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Localist linkfest

June 8, 2015
Adam Gurri on persuasion and economics Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs The Upper East Side housewife: a pop-anthropological study With friends like these, the humanities don’t need enemies: Enrollment in the liberal arts and humanities continues to sink, particularly in…
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Scary Students

June 4, 2015
There’s a piece at Vox by Edward Schlosser (a pseudonym) entitled “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me.” In the piece, the author confesses his own terror of offending his students: I have intentionally adjusted my teaching materials…
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New Author Site and Archive

June 3, 2015
Somewhere between three and seven readers of FPR will be pleased to hear that I have launched a new website that serves to archive publications from various magazines and journals, provides descriptions of my books, and gathers together various reviews…
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The Philanthropic Revolution

June 1, 2015
Founding editor Jeremy Beer has just had his very important The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity published by UPenn Press. Walter McDougall called it “a synthetic masterpiece,” and R.R. Reno lauds it as “marvelous history.” Jeremy’s book…
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