Congratulations to Caleb Stegall who was confirmed last week to a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Excerpt from an article from a Kansas Newspaper:

Legislators discussed his views about issues such as abortion, education funding and his advocacy for sustainable communities.

Stegall has five sons, and he told an interviewer for a Catholic blog, Godspy, in 2005 that people “need to clear our lives of all the mass culture weeds that choke out authentic growth.”

He added: “Get married. Have kids, lots of them. Don’t turn them over to others to raise.”

Author Rod Dreher’s 2006 book, “Crunchy Cons,” about “gun-loving organic gardeners” and “evangelical free-range farmers” among conservatives, quotes Stegall, a lifelong conservative Presbyterian, as calling birth control an issue “very telling” for how a community deals with “any other issue.”

He quotes Stegall further: “There’s an unlegislatable mandate to communities to be faithful to future generations, which means replacing yourself, or exceeding the replacement rate. When a community’s healthy, it will do that, and it will only do that when people essentially love a community more than they love themselves.”

Stegall declined to elaborate on those comments, saying they speak for themselves.

They do indeed. We wish Caleb all the best in his new post.

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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.