Conservatism and the Ecological Crisis

Conservation is at the heart of conservatism. And the root of our contemporary ecological crisis is a careless, profligate mode of relating...

The Porch in Practice

In the past two years my life has changed drastically. I was laid off from one job, then let go from another....

Wanderlust Keeps us From Leading Meaningful Lives: Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Stoics

The soul is no traveller; the wise man stays at home, and when his necessities, his duties, on any occasion call him...

Fighting Demons, Liberal and Otherwise

We like to flatter ourselves that we live in extraordinary times.  Every four years, for example, we are told that this presidential election...

Toward a Somewhere Suburb

In his 2017 book The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, British commentator David Goodhart seeks to understand...

From Dogs to Fur Babies–and Back Again

As Edward Abbey said, “When a man’s best friend is a dog, then that dog has a problem.”

Found: The Perfect FPR Presidential Candidate!

Over the last several years, our little band over at Solidarity Hall—myself, Susannah Black, Mark Gordon, Matt Cooper, Grace Potts, and a few...

What Urban Liberals Might Learn From Rural Rebels

Loka Ashwood, a rural sociologist at Auburn University, visited The Land Institute in...

Reading Seed Catalogs for Pleasure and Profit

Gardeners are a modest and sober breed, not much given to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or...

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The Country That Banned Milk

What would we think of a government that banned milk? Would we think it over-reaching, even oppressive? Would we condemn it for rejecting a...

Agriculture vs. Agribusiness

A visit to a CAFO makes it clear that to have sustainable agriculture, you have to make sustainable the lives and livelihoods of the people who do the work.

To Hell with Earth Day; Long Live Arbor Day!

BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY--Once upon a time in America, schoolchildren celebrated a lovely little holiday called Arbor Day. The young scholars would sing songs about...