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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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Double Feature

May 28, 2015
Two articles caught the attention of my Porcher sensibilities today. The first was a piece in the New York Times on urban gardening: Kerry Trueman and Matt Rosenberg began by growing tomatoes on the roof of their third-floor walk-up in the West…
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One Faithful Bee

May 27, 2015
“Some have affirmed that bees possess a share Of the divine mind and drink ethereal draughts; For God, they say, pervades the whole of creation.”             Virgil, The Georgics I took this photo today of a…
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The Celebratory Layoff

May 26, 2015
The Atlantic ran a piece this morning on how a California-based company called HopeLab is trying to make layoffs and firings more enlivening: Chris Murchison, the company’s vice president of staff development and culture, recently spoke about the counterintuitive philosophy…
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Localist Linkfest

May 24, 2015
From “Homeschooling and Christian Duty,” by Sally Thomas, in First Things: The idea of sending a child daily into a hostile environment—if not actively hostile, as in bullying, then certainly philosophically hostile—expecting him not only to withstand assaults on everything his…
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The Mythology of an Anti-Christian Bigot

May 23, 2015
Though far, in its main argument, from the central concerns of the Porch, some readers may be interested in my account of mythos and the nature of culture as an essentially poetic act, in this essay in Crisis Magazine.  An…
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High Salaries, Low Corruption?

May 22, 2015
I read a piece in The Week today, provocatively entitled “Pay politicians like movie stars!” The author, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, has taken aim against cronyism: But much of it, as you already know, comes through because of the nasty business of the…
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The True Conservative

May 19, 2015
Writes Pat Buchanan of his work these last ten years: Our agenda in that decade was—stay out of wars that are not our business, economic patriotism, secure borders, and America first. Not, as he a observes, a platform to woo…
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Localist linkfest

May 18, 2015
Patrick Deneen in First Things, on Indiana’s RFRA fight: This past spring, we saw something quite different and revealing and worrying. With the imprimatur of American elites, which was clearly given in the furor over Indiana’s RFRA, religiously based opposition to…
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For the Sake of the Children

May 13, 2015
“… but the soul of the hearer must be prepared by good habits to rejoice in the good and hate the evil, just as the soil must be well tilled to nourish the seed. “ Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics For parents,…
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Demise of Virtue Review

May 12, 2015
Read a very favorable review of David Bosworth’s The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America (FPR Books, 2014) in The Nation.…
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The Gentlemen from Indiana

May 10, 2015
Booth Tarkington and Jeremy Beer, that is. From The American Conservative. And what the hell, here’s R. Dean Taylor (a Canadian) too.…
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Localist linkfest

May 9, 2015
Sarah Perry, who appeared in these pages this week, has another piece at Ribbonfarm on “weaponized sacredness“: Preference falsification is a mechanism by which sacredness can operate. But sacredness is not limited to causing people to lie; it can actually…
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Silence of the Forest

May 6, 2015
“The treasures within the earth were long hidden, and trees and forests were thought of as her ultimate gift to mankind. … Even images of shining gold and ivory are worshipped less by us than forests and their silence.” Natural…
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FPR Annual Conference: James Howard Kunstler in Geneseo

May 4, 2015
Join us on October 3 in Geneseo, NY for our fifth annual conference. Our keynote speaker this year will be New York native James Howard Kunstler. This is shaping up to be an outstanding event and one you won’t want…
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Localist Linkfest

May 2, 2015
The John Jay Institute’s symposium on home is online now. Go read it, lots of great stuff in there. The State Dept won’t let an Iraqi nun in to testify about the persecution of Christians in her country To Bill…
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