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Silence of Monks

October 22, 2014
“For it becomes the master to speak and to teach, but it beseems the disciple to be silent and to listen.” The Rule of St. Benedict Fall break. I am spending a week with fourteen college students, plus my son,…
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Localist Roundup: Equality, Music, and Corn

October 21, 2014
This article looks at the relationship between technology and equality. In other news, Grist has a piece on Wendell Berry and local food. And this article looks at one school district that is taking pains to provide students with healthy…
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The Modest Republic

October 20, 2014
Gracy Olmstead reviews The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics. Both the review and the book are well worth reading.…
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Clevelands Rock

October 17, 2014
From The American Conservative, the love story of Frankie and Uncle Jumbo.…
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Localist Roundup: A Stroll to the Store

October 16, 2014
This article notes how adolescence is stretching further into the twenty-somethings. And, in this piece, a non-profit encourages people to walk to get their groceries. Lastly, this interview discusses ways the ongoing “war on terror” has been used to grasp…
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Remembering Leonard Liggio

October 16, 2014
Ralph Raico eulogizes his old friend and fellow Youth for Taft Leonard Liggio, a sweet and erudite man.…
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Discussing Virtue, Daily

October 15, 2014
“It is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others…” Socrates, The Apology Philosophers can get a bad rap—among other things for…
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I Wish That I Had Jesse’s Book

October 14, 2014
Walker, that is. His The United States of Paranoia is out today in paperback. Buy, read, enjoy.…
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Localist Roundup: Too Much Food?

October 14, 2014
This piece highlights the use of parklets–sidewalk extensions taking up the space normally used for curbside parking spaces–in Chicago. Meanwhile, this piece claims that agribusinesses are overproducing. And this article indicates that much of this food goes on to be…
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Who’s Hiding from Whom

October 8, 2014
“The real nature of things is accustomed to hide itself.” Heraclitus Heraclitus seems to imply that reality strives to veil itself. Is there a latent cruelty in reality—that it recedes from our comprehension? Maybe we should make a distinction: there…
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Localist Roundup: Pernicious Mobile Wallets

October 7, 2014
The news has been abuzz recently with yesterday’s Supreme Court (non)ruling on same-sex marriage. The USDA continues to try to support local food, this time by including farmers markets in its health initiatives. Meanwhile, this article considers the social harms…
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Making a Home Where You Live. An Interview.

October 6, 2014
Here’s an interview I did with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. The occasion was the publication of Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred McClay and Ted V. McAllister. My essay, “Making…
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Humbled and Grateful

October 3, 2014
After 6 or so years as Editor-in-Chief at FPR, Mark Mitchell has decided to take a well-deserved rest from his labors. He has been, in our short history, the indispensable person. Under Mark’s leadership FPR has emerged as a distinctive…
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Localist Roundup: Fire and Food

October 2, 2014
This piece reports on a global survey for food sustainability. In America specifically, there’s a growing tendency to prefer snacks to meals. In other food news, this article criticizes food labels for misleading and fraudulent claims. And this piece argues…
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Jeff Polet Takes Over as Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2014
Jeff Polet of Hope College in Holland, MI is assuming the role of editor-in-chief of FPR. Jeff brings energy, creativity, and a commitment to the ideals of place, limits, and liberty, and I am confident that FPR will thrive under…
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On Bosworth’s Demise of Virtue

September 30, 2014
What contemporary capitalism needs to learn from fairy tales ...
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