On March 2, 2009, FPR was born. We’ve been going for two years now and our mission remains clear: to advance human flourishing through the promotion of political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. The need is great and there is much work to be done. We are committed to fostering healthy communities and promoting discussions about policy and practices that will further this goal.

Many thanks to all the writers and readers who have made FPR what it is. We’re looking forward to a great third year.


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Mark T. Mitchell
Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property. In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched. Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm. See books written by Mark Mitchell.


  1. Congratulations, Mark. Your service and hard work in making FPR a fine online magazine has benefited us all. Thank you!

  2. I didn’t realize I had been reading FPR articles for most of its existence. Congratulations, and Vive le Front Porch.

  3. Congratulations! Your stories enlighten and inspire people even across the ocean, in the old and tired continent known as Europe!

  4. May your tribe increase! The FPR offers a deeper sort of wisdom that is so much needed. Keep up the good work.

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