Mark T. Mitchell

Mark T. Mitchell
301 POSTS148 COMMENTS
Mark T. Mitchell is the co-founder of Front Porch Republic. He is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and the author of several books including Power and Purity, The Limits of Liberalism, The Politics of Gratitude, and Localism in Mass Age: A Front Porch Republic Manifesto (co-editor).

Recent Essays

On the Nightstand

Two books right now, one fiction and one non-fiction. First, the fiction: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I re-read this one (revisit it?) every...

Philanthrolocalism vs. Effective Altruism

William Schambra has a piece at Philanthropy Daily that describes the coming showdown between two competing conceptions of philanthropic giving. Here's a taste: Community-embeddedness versus...

Soylent: It’s What’s for Dinner (and Lunch and Breakfast)

Hidden Springs Lane. What if you never had to worry about food again? Possible answers: 1) Wow! Think of all the time I can...

Ron Paul on The Future of Freedom

Here is a video of a talk Ron Paul recently delivered at a program sponsored by The Independent Institute. Paul sees signs of a...

Death and Life in the Country

Hidden Springs Lane. There is something especially sad about opening up a hive full of dead bees. Several weeks ago I wrote about my...

FPR Conference: Save the Date!

The 2014 FPR conference will on September 27 in Louisville, KY. Wendell Berry will deliver the keynote address. More details to come, but this...

How Equality Makes Us Better (and Stupid)

Hidden Springs Lane. The concept of equality lies at the heart of the American system. School children learn by heart (or used to) those...

Equality and the Culture of Perpetual Offense

Hidden Springs Lane. Rod Dreher has recently been pointing out (for example here) the various ways that those who voice public opposition to certain...

More on Distributism

This week in The Week, Michael Brendan Dougherty has a piece titled "The Conservative Case Against Capitalism." Relying on Belloc's An Essay on the...

Pope Francis and Distributism

In an article at The American Conservative, Arthur W. Hunt III argues that the economic ideas touched on by Pope Francis point in the...

What’s a Localist to Do?

Hidden Springs Lane. It’s not easy being a localist. Vladimir Putin has taken Crimea and many in the West are afraid that he has...

Of Bees and Moonshine

Hidden Springs Lane. In the spring of 2012, I started keeping bees. The first thing to notice is that people do not raise bees...