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The Mother of All Arts

June 18, 2014
“Whoever it was who said that agriculture is the mother and nurse of all other arts was right, because when agriculture is faring well, all the other arts are strengthened too; but wherever the land is forced into barrenness, all…
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Localist Roundup: Civil Unrest

June 17, 2014
This piece tells how one restaurant has found a less human dining experience is a more profitable one. Meanwhile, this article discusses the impact that the local food movement is having on large-scale food production. This article tracks the migration…
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Give to FPR

June 16, 2014
Dear Reader, FPR is a labor of love for most of us associated with it. We believe deeply in the ideas of place, limits, and liberty and their essential relationship to human flourishing. Running a website such as this, however,…
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Localist Roundup: Smorgasbord

June 12, 2014
Recently, the USDA announced a new federal initiative encouraging local food. This article takes a somewhat critical view of New Urbanism based on the recent Congress in Buffalo. Meanwhile, this piece encourages urban renewal projects to work around the existing…
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Your Computer (and everything connected to it) is Broken

June 12, 2014
Read this just before your shut your computer down for good. Here’s a taste: Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started…
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FPR Conference: Get Your Ticket Now

June 11, 2014
The fourth annual Front Porch Republic conference will examine ways to promote a more comprehensive localist vision that both learns from and goes beyond the increasingly successful local-food movement. It will feature Wendell Berry as the keynote speaker. Other speakers…
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FPR and Contemporary Conservatism

June 11, 2014
Check out this latest lament by Damon Linker over at The Week.…
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A Happy Thought

June 11, 2014
The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses In my edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses, the illustration next…
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Getting Detroit’s Goat

June 10, 2014
When a city’s situation is as dire as Detroit’s a certain amount of creativity is required. Enter the goat. And then enter Detroit’s bungling mismanagers. Read the article, but don’t forget to read the comments.…
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On the Nightstand

June 6, 2014
Two books right now, one fiction and one non-fiction. First, the fiction: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I re-read this one (revisit it?) every few years. Brideshead is quite different from Waugh’s other novels like The Loved One, Scoop, or…
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Localist Roundup: Pernicious Parking Lots

June 5, 2014
This article examines how local farms are expanding their business to serve local institutions, mainly schools. Meanwhile, this piece describes obstacles to implementing the USDA standards that encourage local sourcing for schools. In other news, Oklahoma has repealed the Common…
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Thoroughly Anti-Modern Milius

June 5, 2014
On John Milius, writer-director-surfer-anarchist, from The American Conservative.…
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Localist Roundup: Internet of Things

June 3, 2014
This article outlines some efforts in Britain to involve local communities in the upkeep of unused land. Meanwhile, this article warms that attempts to digitize interaction with physical objects may be attempts to standardize such interaction. Lastly, this video reveals…
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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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