What is Liberty Anyway?

Patrick Deneen’s new book, Why Liberalism Failed, is a manifesto in defense of place, limits, and liberty. And the amount of attention it’s received...

Letter from the Electronic Jail

From a jail cell in Birmingham, Martin Luther King, Jr. charged us to acknowledge our “inescapable network of mutuality.”  Fifty-five years later, our networks...

The Water Dipper

Each week, I’ll try to post links to recent essays and stories that might interest Porchers. If you have additional essays to recommend, please...

Urban Questions (and Responses) for Krugman

Over a month ago, Paul Krugman used his space at The New York Times to ask "what, in the modern economy, are small cities...

Updating the Porch

The noise you are hearing is the furniture moving on the porch. You may have already noticed the redesigned site. Jeff Bilbro has taken...

Reviving the Conversation on the Porch

I’m honored and excited to be joining the Front Porch Republic in a more official capacity and taking over the editorial duties for this...

Why Patrick Deneen Failed

It's already an amazon dot hell best-seller in political theory.

Catalonia Could Happen Here

As a scholar of Regional and Place Studies and a historian of secessionist movements I believe Catalonia’s brand of separatism could come to the...

Pornified Puritans and the Logic of Pornography

Hidden Springs Lane Al Franken is only the latest prominent man to be discovered as a lecherous cad if not an outright sexual predator....

 

From the Archives

 

It’s the Rights Culture, not the Gun Culture

As President Obama contemplates the political obstacles looming before the gun control agenda he announced on Wednesday, he might look closer to home for...

The Pickup Truck and the Tommy Gun

During the Republican primary, Newt Gingrich joked that “you can’t put a gun rack on Volt.” Newt was, of course, trying to identify...

Men, Boys, and Guns

  This past weekend, I was pulled away from the computer, from a sprinkler system that needs to be fixed, from a garden wall that...