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Humanities, Journalism, and Parishes

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Advent, which is also the start of the Christian year. I’m taking the month off from compiling these Water...

George MacDonald, Friendship, and Michael Oakeshott

“George MacDonald: a Life of Relationships.” Radix Magazine interviewed Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson about George MacDonald and what lessons he might have for us today....

Gerald Russello, Lyceums, and the Common Good

“In Memoriam: Gerald Russello.” Susannah Black remembers the life of a fine man who, among other things, served as the editor of the University...

Care, Wisdom, and Neighborliness

“We are What we Eat.” Aruna Uprety describes the deleterious effects of advertising and packaged food on the health of children in rural Nepal:...

Small Farms, Big Media, and Moral Societies

“I Tried to Prove that Small Family Farms are the Future. I Couldn’t Do It.” Sarah Mock published a long, thoughtful examination of the...

Cattle Ranchers, Vegetable Pickers, and Remote Workers

“Economists to Cattle Ranchers: Stop Being So Emotional About the Monopolies Devouring Your Family Businesses.” Matt Stoller argues that professional economists are stonewalling efforts...

Dirt, Words, and Xenia

“All Mod Cons.” Bill Kauffman commends the legacy of Senator Mark Hatfield: “A radical dispersal of power may lack the bellicose appeal of strident...

Reparations, Trainings, and Forgiveness

“Land, Limits and the Scandal of Reparations.” Allan Carlson lays out the long and tragic history that has dispossessed so many American farmers---and particularly...

Biopolitics, Good Work, and Roots

“A Case for the Porch.” Charlie Hailey writes in praise of the porch. Many of his reflections resonate with Patrick Deneen’s early essay on...

Congress, the Filibuster, and Original Sin

“On Not Knowing Esperanto.” Peter Mommsen introduces the new issue of Plough. It’s a great introduction, and while I haven’t read the full issue...