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The Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on The Synod on the Family

October 27, 2014
The idea of the family has, since our inception, been one Porchers are particularly keen to defend. The family is a natural, integral, and inviolable unit whose very existence points to the centrality of place and, as much as any…
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The Loss of a Culture of Personhood and the End of Limited Government

October 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…
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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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Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

September 29, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.” As part of the…
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Lanterns on the Levee: A Slender Revaluation

Breslin Tower and Walsh Ellett Hall, University of the South September 17, 2014
... and doing so in syllables of sweetness and light.
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What Would the Father of Nationalism Say About Scottish Independence?

yes-no September 16, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On Thursday, voters in Scotland will go to the polls and either choose “Yes,” meaning that they want Scotland to become an independent state, or “No,” meaning that they want Scotland to remain in the…
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Of Lawyers and Strippers and Deadwood

decaying_wood September 2, 2014
Mostly they promise the truth about a rapture that isn’t in the cards.
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The Fence and the Total Ab Workout

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It’s a total ab workout I could hock and get rich off of.
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At D-AA, A Mind in the Gutter

Gutter-K-style July 30, 2014
Ingham County, MI The guy at the hardware, the former owner now hired on, as per his arrangements, as nothing more than one of the guys, wants to know if the cops followed me into town. He was there when…
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Something’s Fishy–But Not Very–At Dinnertime

tilapia July 23, 2014
Ingham County, MI As darkness falls upon what a friend of mine charitably calls “Jack-Ass Acres,” and as the promise of rain comes with the moving clouds at the end of one of the few really warm days we’ve had…
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A Quaker for Peace

July 18, 2014
From The American Conservative, my remembrance of Robert D. Stuart Jr., whose family knew oatmeal.…
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Four Words to Change the World

jack pine tree July 9, 2014
Situate the preference where it is, not where it isn’t.
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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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Give Me the Local Color

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He shows me a map of New York and points to his home town.
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