John Murdock

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John Murdock is an attorney who writes from Boise. He hosts the Brass Spittoon podcast at frontporchrepublic.com.

Recent Essays

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...

The Cardinal and the Capitalist

A cleric with the ear of Pope Francis recently sent Catholic defenders of free markets into a tizzy. At a press conference, Cardinal Oscar...

Remembering a Good Oak

Trees cannot talk, but they do speak. With our eyes focused on franticly flickering screens, perhaps our ears have grown dull to their still...

The Academy Awards as a Religious Experience

The stylish crowd that walked the red carpet to the Oscars likely had not donned their Sunday best earlier in the day for a...

Huckabee’s Shifting Shades of Green

As he began making the early “exploratory” rounds, a smiling Mike Huckabee recently reminded Martha Raddatz on ABC’s political Sunday show This Week that...

Orwell and Huxley, Together Again: ‘The Interview’ and our Culture of Distraction

By now you’ve already forgotten last month’s most important celebrity cause, namely the embodiment of freedom of expression known as The Interview. Hollywood has...

Phenomenal Ben Carson and the Consequential Richard Weaver

“Ben Carson: Political Phenomenon.”  That gushing headline, at CNN.com of all virtual places, was followed by a puff piece of epic proportions.  Of course,...

Opening Night, Way off Broadway: Greater Tuna in Shiner, Texas

In this edition of Tales from the Kolache Belt, we celebrate community theatre. Not many rural towns of just over 2,000 souls can boast...