The Water Dipper

Small Colleges, Hank the Cowdog, and Phatic Protest

“Small-Town Natives Are Moving Back Home.” Gracy Olmstead writes about several college-educated young people choosing to move back to their hometowns, and she points...

Local History, Local Conservatism, and Local Pharmacies

“How Local History Can Save America: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Frederick Douglass.” John W. Miller recommends an essay about the place where Frederick Douglass fought...

Trades, the Digital Public Square, and Conservative Environmentalism

“Arguing with Success.” Rory Groves writes about how his dissatisfaction with the business model of the tech industry led him on a quest for...

Seeds, Meritocracy, and Kazuo Ishiguro

“Words and Flesh: Pastoring in a Post-truth World.” In this wise essay, Kurt Armstrong begins with Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography...

Right to Repair, Outrage, and Defining Progress

“John Deere Promised Farmers It Would Make Tractors Easy to Repair. It Lied.” Jason Koebler and Matthew Gault investigate to see whether John Deere...

Local Democracy, Resilient Agriculture, and the Classics

“Vermont’s Superpower, Revealed: The Ability to Practice Local Democracy.” Susan Clark writes about the formative role that Vermont’s annual town meetings play in training...

Tech Critique, Simone Weil, and Visceral Lending

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Friendship, GameStop, and James Herriot

"Eric Gill and the Integrity of Work." In a new preface to an edition of Gill's writings, Wendell Berry identifies the endemic flaw of...

Housekeeping, Epiphany, and a National Elite

“America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates.” Ariel Shapiro writes about the massive consolidation of land ownership. Gates is focusing on farmland,...

Precedents, Technosolutionism, and A Hidden Life

“Why I Choose Rural.” Benya Kraus explains why she chose to move to rural Minnesota after graduating from college: “Though I spent my childhood...