Here’s an interview I did with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. The occasion was the publication of Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred McClay and Ted V. McAllister. My essay, “Making Places: The Cosmopolitan Temptation,” is included in that book.

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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. Mr. Mitchell,
    What has happened to your friend Jason Peters. My husband and I get the posts from Front Porch. We read many of them and have had a good time reading Mr. Peters. However, none of his posts are available and he is no longer listed on the site. Has he perhaps met with an untimely demise?? I certainly hope not! We certainly miss him. Hope he and the chief eye roller are well.
    Give them our regards,
    Kurt and Annette Eyrich

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