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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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A Different Approach to Money in the Household

December 2, 2014
“So if one doesn’t know how to make use of it, Critobulus, then money must be kept at such a distance that it isn’t even included among one’s assets.” Socrates, in The Estate Manager, by Xenophon This time of year…
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Thanksgiving Reflection III: Unbought Grace

November 27, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. It’s raining. Yesterday we were told to expect 4-8 inches of snow. I was looking forward to the snow. Getting a good snow for Thanksgiving somehow seemed like a good idea. A cessation of movement. A chance…
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Thanksgiving Reflection II: Modestly Thankful

November 27, 2014
I am ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is not a problem though I am sure I could show more gratitude especially when stuck behind some driver in the passing lane who doesn’t know how highways work. I am one of…
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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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Anarchism, Global Citites, and a Confucian Cosmopolitan Education

November 21, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I recently attended a conference in Nanjing, China, hosted by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and organized our fellow Porcher, Adam Webb. You can read a short summary of the conference here; for my part, in the…
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Playing With Turtles

November 14, 2014
Spring Arbor, MI (Editor’s note: Like any real front porch, FPR seeks to be a place where children are valued and welcome. Much of what we do seeks the seriousness of a child at play. This is, to my knowledge,…
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The Bombadil Option

November 13, 2014
Manchester, CT “Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are
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