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Heaven Hath Limits

The Prior of the Upstate New York Abbey where I work often describes his cloistered life by using the phrase “living within...

The Localist Theory of Charles Marohn’s Wonderfully Practical Strong Towns

This past weekend, I took a group of students up to the annual...

Climate Change, Dirty Hands, and the Grace (and Hope) of Limits

Paul Schrader, the famed screenwriter and director, does not make subtle films. His latest movie, First Reformed--the story...

And Beauty for All

By seeking to protect and restore natural beauty, create lovely urban design, bring art into our communities and support local sustainable agriculture and healthy fish and wildlife populations, we can also build community and reduce polarization.

The Price of Place: Oeconomia over Chrematistike

The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished...

Fighting Demons, Liberal and Otherwise

We like to flatter ourselves that we live in extraordinary times.  Every four years, for example, we are told that this presidential election...

Branding Disaster

Earlier this year, after the Charlie Hebdo shootings, I reflected on the conversations that may or may not ensue from the changing of a...

The End We Imagine

I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as...

The Loss of a Culture of Personhood and the End of...

Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction...