John Murdock

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John Murdock is an attorney and globetrotting localist with roots in Texas.

Recent Essays

Braver Angels and Civil Conversation across Partisan Divides

If you resonate with the conversation below and the aims of Braver Angels, consider signing their new letter: What We Will Do to Hold...

Anti-Prophets of Doom: A Review of Michael Shellenberger’s Apocalypse Never

What would be helpful is a book that acknowledge both sets of trends and moves beyond name-calling to begin the hard work of engaging in the tensions and trade-offs between them. Beneficial too would be a clear-eyed encounter with the fact that measures of human happiness and fulfillment have not skyrocketed along with our greater health and wealth. People need more than just more stuff.

Spiritual Dangers in the Trump Era

One of the spiritual dangers of Trump is that he can come to be seen as the only danger. Such “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” logic then leads to the temptation to overlook the problems posed by the other side.

Coming to Ourselves in 2020

Of course, Amash may well not win, but that really is not the point. The prodigal son had limited hopes when he said goodbye to the pigs, but he had come to himself and he was heading home regardless.

Journeys in Trump Country

More interesting than the big-name hits and misses, though, are the everyday but often extraordinary people that she meets along the way. Some are firmly in the Trump camp; some are frustrated by their friends who are; and some are somewhere in the complicated middle.

The Yankee Southern Agrarian

Wendell Berry, while still writing more than most of us, is squarely in the awards and laurels stage of his earthly journey. Who...

The Green New Deal Comes Home

The risks associated with global warming are real, if chronically overstated by many on the left, and the response will require a soberness that is sorely lacking across the political spectrum.

The Dryers are Coming! The Dryers are Coming!

South Korea lives on the cutting edge of technology -- just ask the young smart-phone zombies that slowly roam the campus where I teach....

Saving Trees Across The Ocean

The view from above was one of devastation, even if it was the pregnant devastation of a construction site that is not what it...

Saving Life on Mars, and in Appalachia

Recently, I watched as the people of Earth came together to bring The Martian home. Interstellar, Gravity, and Wall-E all tell the “lost in...

The Pope and the Plowman

Wendell Berry and Pope Francis have been drinking from the same well of living water.  I dig into the connections between the pope and...

The Incredible Industrial Egg

The local library’s inventory reduction sale had progressed over several weeks from a buck a book and a dollar a DVD, to two dollars...