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Sources of Order: Rooted Cosmopolitanism and the Origins of City Life (Conclusion)

Queens, NY The city goes on.  And this phenomenon, of a city continuing even as it is under threat or attacked-- of resiliency in a...

Sources of Order: Rooted Cosmopolitanism and the Origins of City Life (Part III)

Queens, NY Under ordinary circumstances, with very few exceptions, it is these crews that do the actual work of the city. And under extraordinary...

Sources of Order: Rooted Cosmopolitanism and the Origins of City Life, Part II

What follows is an expanded version of a talk originally given at the 2016 Front Porch Republic Conference at Notre Dame, where Susannah Black...

Sources of Order: Rooted Cosmopolitanism and the Origins of City Life

What follows is an expanded version of a talk originally given at the 2016 Front Porch Republic Conference at Notre Dame, where Susannah Black...

Mr. Maturen Goes to Washington

  Queens, NY Many of us have, I imagine, indulged over the course of this summer in a certain amount of GOP doomer porn-- reading (and...

Thanksgiving Reflections I

President Washington, in his original Thanksgiving Day proclamation, insisted it the "duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God," and...

The Little Way of Raymond Chandler

Or, "Shaken and Stirred: The Cosmopolitan, the City, and the Regime of God" Queens, NY The following essay was presented at FPR's annual conference in Louisville...

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...

What You Need to Know About Jane Jacobs

Let us suppose we are confronted with a desperate thing-- say Pimlico... It is not enough for a man to disapprove of Pimlico: in...

Paleoconservatism in Middle Schoolers: a Deeply Flawed Qualitative Study (sample size: n=1)

The Regents, New York's public school state tests, are coming up in May, and so some of the time I've been spending with S,...

Debating Conservatism: An Old Mistake in The New Inquiry

Late last week, The New Inquiry published an email exchange between Daniel Larison of The American Conservative and political theorist Corey Robin. Larison...