Rethinking the Local vs. Global Divide

In Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, Bruno Latour provides a challenging but potentially hopeful...

The Crisis of Love in a Global Age

Any longtime reader of Wendell Berry’s work recognizes two of the many animating forces that give his writing its emotional resonance. These...

Gender is a Social Construct

One World Trade Center once stood as a defiant rebuke to the mass murder of 9/11.  Now it shines a pink beacon to...

Rock the Block

It is a cloudless July day in Connecticut—the kind of day that keeps people rooted in this place despite its long winters...

The American Bookstore: A List

Go here to read the first part of this two-part essay on the American Bookstore. Several hours before a home game at the University of Michigan,...

The American Bookstore: Prologue

Some months ago I stood in a basement bookstore in suburban Maryland and pondered a relic of the 1960s, an artifact of...

Institutional Renewal

It is hard to see a silver lining in the abuse scandal of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, the scarring crisis has given...

Narrating the Tradition of Liberalism’s Anti-Tradition

Criticizing the current liberal order is a popular activity. Authors such as Patrick Deneen, Rod Dreher, D.C. Schindler, Mark Lilla, Johnathan Haidt,...

No Chairlift, No Spandex, No Problem: The Rustic Virtues of X-C Ski

During the fall color tour, we often drive to a ski resort near my home in southwest Michigan. It’s about the only...

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Against Open-mindedness

Indianapolis, IN “Be open-minded.” At times in my life I’ve been given this directive, while other times I’ve been praised for how “open-minded” I am....

The Once and Future Boss: The Possibilities of Tammany Hall

We are, here in New York, just about ready to cast our votes for the next mayor: even Mike Bloomberg cannot, apparently, actually appoint...

Untaxing the Virtues

What the political mainstream ignores, unsurprisingly, is that any change in how we raise revenue cannot be only about balancing the numbers. It also involves judgements about the texture of society and the virtues that habits of livelihood can inculcate or destroy.