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From the Distant Liberal Consensus, a Defiant Conservative Yelp

August 17, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] As I write this review, I keep hearing about Jeb Bush, campaigning for president, talking about how the invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein was a “pretty good deal” and castigating the…
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A Conversation with Bill Kauffman

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I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
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Palmyra, Centurions, and Fighting ISIS from the Bottom Up

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The fact that the chattering classes outraged by ISIS’s atrocities would unleash the latter-day centurions of the air so eagerly, while leashing ordinary people so cavalierly, should give pause to those of us suspicious of the modern state and jealous of society’s spaces.
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Townsman, cont.

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Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
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Hanging Out with, and Learning from, Some Thoroughly Material Benedictines

May 15, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely–take a group of students out on a local food tour, so they can learn firsthand about more sustainable…
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The Trouble with Limits

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Modern persons have a problem with limits, three in fact. They want every good thing to be unlimitedly available for their desires, and scarcity is taken for a cause of fear and anxiety. Hence, “sustainability” is our new environmental shibboleth.…
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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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Alienated Children and Inalienable Rights

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We describe the most fundamental principles of American politics in terms of “rights.” According to the Declaration of Independence, which constitutes the philosophical foundation of American politics, it is “self-evident” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed…
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Living Pleasantly from the Land

March 20, 2015
“In the first place, thanks to those who work it, the land bears not only the means for people to live, but also bears the means for them to live pleasantly.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This past week I planted…
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Apocalypticism for Porchers

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If it’s your thing — and it’s certainly not everybody’s thing — it’s not a bad time to be an apocalypticist. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis once again implored people to read Robert Hugh Benson’s novel of the Antichrist,…
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History as Manifesto

February 23, 2015
Dillon, MT Having a personal and professional interest in what people think history is for, I read The History Manifesto with great interest. Jo Guldi (Brown) and David Armitage (Harvard) are having a “think big” moment about History, in an…
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Christmas Comes But Once a Year; Or, Books to Buy Next Christmas

January 22, 2015
Philadelphia, PA R. J. Snell A slow thinker and slower writer—some might say the reverse—I’ve been chewing over the Christmas season for the past few days, a remembrance of things past. The issue: what, if anything, of worth does our…
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Blasphemers, Terrorists, and Liberals in Your Neighborhood

January 8, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Would I read Charlie Hebdo? (Assuming I could read French, that is.) Would I want anyone in my family to read it? Would I want it to be available at my daughters’ elementary school…
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Closed-Minded By Default

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In attempting to keep certain questions open, I’m closed-minded by default.
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It’s Third-Party Time

December 3, 2014
Is it a sign of hope that The Progressive and The American Conservative agree–sort of?…
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Straight Man: An FPR Revaluation

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Her breasts are too good for the local market.
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