Since FPR’s inception in March of 2009, Jason Peters has written a weekly column. Without missing a single week, he has, with his inimitable style, regaled FPR readers with his ruminations on food, sex, culture, community, energy, idiocy, technology, mobility, peak oil, religion, and education. He has challenged us to think more clearly about the way we live, about our need to acknowledge limits, and the sheer goodness of taking a walk. He has explicated significant texts, mocked undergraduate males, and even taken a turn at writing fiction. And who can forget the jokes?

So, next Wednesday, make yourself and your loved ones something good to eat, then sit back with a beer, a martini, or whatever suits your fancy, light a cigar, and re-read some of Jason’s many essays. Then raise a glass to the Bar Jester. He’s taking a much deserved break.

Thanks Jason. FPR wouldn’t be the same without your distinctive voice.

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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. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Where will we turn to for our weekly dose of curmudgeonness now?

    (In all seriousness, Jason, I didn’t often comment on your posts, but I almost always loved them. Take care, and don’t stay away too long!)

  2. Seconding Russell. I’d have felt presumptuous to have commented on Jason’s essays. Collected, they’d make a fine book to have in one’s collection. So re-read I shall.

    Thanks Jason, for all the good porch time.

  3. Sad indeed. Wednesday mornings will be a little dimmer. We shall all have to keep a little Bar Jester in our hearts in his absence. (Of course, step one is probably to eschew admonitions to “keep [x] in our hearts.”)

  4. I was just about to start reading and be a disciple, but it seems I’ve shown up just in time for “sad times.” Next round, then!

  5. Yes, “Idiocy”, a fertile furrow to plow in this extravagantly idiotic age. Peters had a fine mule in this employ. He’s still an asshole, but I mean this in the best way.

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