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Communitarianism, Left and Right

Populism can in fact be seen as being precisely a reassertion of democracy against the anti-democratic tendencies of managerial, technocratic elites.

Institutions Rescue George Bailey

George offers his joyful holiday greetings to these institutions as if they were persons, bodies that saw his town through good and bad, through war and peace.

On Dreher’s Benedict Option, the Christians and Localists Who Can Live...

Rod Dreher and I aren't close friends, but like many Front Porch Regulars, I've been blessed with the opportunity to associate with and learn...

Whatever Happened to Communitarianism?

Twenty years ago, the concept and label "communitarianism" was riding high, or at least as high as any broadly applicable yet intellectually coherent ideological...

Hanging Out with, and Learning from, Some Thoroughly Material Benedictines

A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely--take a group of students out on a...

Libertarianism, Paternalism, and Pot

From 2003 to 2005, we lived in Craighead County, Arkansas, while I taught at Arkansas State University. Craighead was a dry county, having...

Pondering St. Francisville, Gilead, and our Stories of Place

Jeremy Beer's recent review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming leads me to once again reflect upon Rod Dreher's excellent book (about which...

Wes Jackson, Localism, and the Carbon-Based Community

A couple of days ago, I had the lucky opportunity to listen up close to Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute here in...

Why I Hope Westboro Baptist Church, the ACLU, and Dahlia Lithwick...

Free speech is a good thing. Respecting the value of the whole community is a better one.

Defining Red Toryism (Again)

A scholar suggests that Phillip Blond's Red Toryism is just another word for conventional conservatism. He may be right about Blond, but he's definitely not about the idea.