Jackson, MI. Last week we hosted FPR’s first webinar, and today we’re releasing the recording of that conversation. This recording also serves as the inaugural episode of the Brass Spittoon, a new podcast from the Front Porch Republic. We’ll chew on issues timeless and timely, with a focus on place, limits, and liberty.
Going forward, long-time porcher John Murdock will be our host, and he’s already lining up some thoughtful guests. Please subscribe on your podcast platform of choice, and let us know if you have any suggestions on who we should talk with.
This conversation considers the prospects for localism at this transitional moment in American politics. It seems worth looking back a bit on FPR’s defense of localism and considering what opportunities there might be for a renewed commitment to place. For years now we have sought to articulate an alternative to the nationalist, globalist, uniformist vision that has so captivated the ruling classes. The Trump presidency is ending in chaos, and the Biden agenda is yet to be implemented. What are the prospects for localism? Does the post-Trump era open up possibilities for a renewal of local affections and attentions? What challenges are likely to arise in the coming months and years? What strategies should localists pursue?
Jeff Polet led this conversation between Patrick Deneen, Bill Kauffman, and Katherine Dalton.
Music courtesy of Wendell Kimbrough (“The Ballad of Freida the Goose”).