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The Violent and the Fallen On the Airwaves

May 30, 2014
Holy Family Radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently aired John Pinheiro’s interview with me on his weekly program, Faith and Reason.  Pinheiro asked me to discuss my new book, The Violent and the Fallen, in the context of Catholic tradition…
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Localist Roundup: Politically Expedient Localism?

May 29, 2014
This article on the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute illustrates some problems with having nearly all book sales in the hands of one major corporation. Meanwhile, this piece reflects on social media’s tendency to discourage firsthand experience. This piece suggests that a new…
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Trying to Be Like Them

May 28, 2014
“It is for you to try to be like them.” Pericles’ Funeral Oration I have to admit a problem that I’ve had with Memorial Day. I’ve often let my thoughts move too easily to the fact that some fallen warriors…
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Localist Roundup: The Week’s Weakness

May 28, 2014
This piece describes the alienating aspects of technology. Meanwhile, the author of this ambitious article would have the seven-day week abolished. This article speculates as to the impact of food tracking in the public’s perception of the food industry. And…
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Academy of Philosophy and Letters

May 27, 2014
The Academy of Philosophy and Letters will be holding its annual conference on the topic “Civil Religion and American Self-Understanding” next weekend at the BWI Doubletree in Baltimore. There are still spaces available for those who want to attend. This…
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Philanthrolocalism vs. Effective Altruism

May 23, 2014
William Schambra has a piece at Philanthropy Daily that describes the coming showdown between two competing conceptions of philanthropic giving. Here’s a taste: Community-embeddedness versus detached godliness: not a bad summary of the coming conflict between philanthrolocalism and effective altruism.…
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Localist Roundup: Localism vs. Climate Change

May 22, 2014
In political news, Congress continues its attempt to restrict NSA bulk data collection. At the same time, this article describes Facebook’s hopes to use phone microphones for data collection of its own. Meanwhile, the USDA continues to push local food.…
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Wholistic Chef

May 22, 2014
A most interesting piece over at The Atlantic wherein a world-class chef discusses his epiphany concerning the interrelatedness of flavor, sustainable farming practices, local cuisines, and supporting farms financially. Well worth reading. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/05/how-john-muir-is-revolutionizing-the-farm-to-table-food-movement/371372/ H/T: HM…
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Who Owns America?

May 21, 2014
In The American Conservative, Ralph Nader, paladin of the American anti-monopolist tradition, revives the great distributist-agrarian project of the 1930s.…
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When Your Way of Life is Out of Date

May 21, 2014
“…your whole way of life is out of date when compared with theirs. And it is just as true in politics as it is in any art or craft: new methods must drive out old ones…” Thucydides, History of the…
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Localist Roundup: Thomas Piketty

May 20, 2014
In recent news, an E. coil scare has caused a massive beef recall in New England. Also, this story reports on Wal-Mart’s recent successes in online retail. This piece offers a perspective on the success of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the…
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On the Nightstand This Week

May 19, 2014
... are three old favorites.
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Localist Roundup: Pubs and Honeybees

May 15, 2014
This article reports on the efforts of one English group to prevent a local pub from becoming a supermarket. Meanwhile, The Atlantic offers a lengthy perspective on the GMO labeling debate. Fewer honeybees died off in the U.S. this winter…
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Good-byes are Just That

May 14, 2014
They’re good. At least when we make an effort to do them right. I’m convinced after years of saying goodbye to my students—and others—that proper goodbyes are not only good, they’re sometimes necessary. The more that has been shared together,…
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Localist Roundup: Trust in State Government

May 13, 2014
A change in livestock rules in the State of Michigan could cause trouble for some small farmers. At the same time, this piece reports on how small farmers have capitalized on social media to spread word of their produce. Meanwhile,…
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Localist Roundup: Heat-Resistant Chickens?

May 8, 2014
In political news, the House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to restrain NSA surveillance. Meanwhile, according to this piece, scientists are attempting to create heat-proof farm animals. And in this article, scientists struggle to recapture genetic diversity in apples.…
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