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Whose Nostalgia? Which Liberalism? Reflections on “Faith and Democracy in America”

Liberalism can be marked by the gospel and still be a political and cultural dead end. As Ivan Illich argued, corruptio optimi pessima.

An FPR Symposium: Shop Class as Soul Craft, by Matthew...

During the course of this entire week, FPR will devote its main pages to a symposium on the recent book Shop Class as Soul...

Lessons from a Motorcycle Mechanic

Wichita, KS Let's pause a moment and be grateful that the job market for political theorists is so bad. Because if it wasn't, Matthew Crawford,...

Dirty Hands, Clean Mind

Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. As I read Matt Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft, I thought often of Simone Weil, that young champion of the workers...

Shop Class and the Romantic Mode of Politics

It goes without saying that Matthew Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft is compelling.  Discussed on NPR, profiled in The New York Times and The...

The Whole Hog

Alexandria, VA They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can sometimes tell how the book’s designers wanted the book...

Recognition and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Matt Crawford is a good friend of mine, and I read and commented on early drafts of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and so I...

Working with Words

A few years ago I dated a guy who seemed terrific. Nate (not his real name) was cute, smart, funny, and athletic. Oh, and...

A Certified Deep Thinker

I don’t like machines. I find them dirty, confusing and, even worse, boring. I also don’t much enjoy working with my hands. I like...

Gumbo as Soul Craft

When I read “Shop Class As Soulcraft,” I initially felt like a twerp. I’m the guy who was raised in the country by a...