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A Localist View of Ferguson

November 26, 2014
I’ve had a number of students over the past few days ask me for my opinion of the events in Ferguson, MO. They register shock when I tell them I don’t have one. “You see,” I  say, “Ferguson is not…
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A Good Wife

November 26, 2014
Nothing is better for man than a good wife…” Hesiod, Works and Days One might wonder whether that is an overstatement. It was once suggested to me that Thanksgiving is a good time to focus on one thing…
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Back to the Farm

November 25, 2014
When “progressive” means doing things the way your grandparents did.…
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New Managing Editor

November 24, 2014
I am pleased to announce J. Arthur Bloom will be the new managing editor at FPR. Jordan comes to us with a great deal of experience both as an editor and with blogs, and has demonstrated a deep commitment to…
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Recognizing the Religion of Total Security, and Its Costs

November 24, 2014
There are relatively few developments in the world’s present socio-economic and cultural moment that gives me much hope–but one of them is the increased frequency in which I see people talking about this: Insurance underwriters are merely the high priests…
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Monday Morning Brass Spittoon

November 24, 2014
A special Thanksgiving Edition will be appearing Wednesday.…
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You Wanna Know What Ticks Me Off?

November 22, 2014
This does.…
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Localist Roundup: Stop Black Thursday

November 20, 2014
This piece offers some criticism of trends in the local food movement. Meanwhile, this article condemns excess and waste in the use of food. This article contends that current American political problems were fundamentally unaccounted for in the writing of…
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Text Neck

November 20, 2014
Yep, there is such a thing.…
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Caring for Elderly Parents

November 20, 2014
The ever-reliable, always-interesting Bill Schambra has a very good piece over at NPQ on the difficulties of caring for one’s parents in a managerial age. Schambra highlights the ways in which the professional management of care has a tendency to…
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FPR at TAC

November 19, 2014
Gracy Olmstead attended the FPR conference in Louisville and gives this fine description of the conference and the localist ideals animating FPR. Excerpt: One elderly gentleman sat with his wife near the back of the auditorium, wearing glasses and a…
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The Land of Storybooks

November 19, 2014
At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the…
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No Monday Morning Roundtable Today

November 17, 2014
Wherein my travel plans interfere with my duties.…
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Some Permanent Things In Print

SPTFrCvRd42color6-01 November 14, 2014
In an endnote to The Idea of a Christian Society, T.S. Eliot makes this categorical claim: Conservatism is too often conservation of the wrong things: liberalism a relaxation of discipline; revolution a denial of the permanent things. Ours is an…
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Localist Roundup: Now With Even More Black Friday

November 13, 2014
This piece counts the cost of U.S. military action against ISIS. In other news, Wal-Mart is set to make Black Friday a Thanksgiving week-long event. Meanwhile, this piece criticizes nostalgia in politics. Lastly, this article indicates that most Americans are…
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If Sartre is Right

November 12, 2014
“If man…is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he will himself have made what he will be. Thus, there is no human nature…” Jean-Paul Sartre, in ‘Existentialism is a Humanism’…
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