Local Stories, National Character
We always have been an unruly people, from the very beginning. It is a fact that gives us hope that our current disagreements and fights are not signs of our democracy’s weakness but its enduring strength.
The Joyful Christian Nationalist: How Stephen Leacock Loved His Home by...
Undergirding Leacock's work was not a desire to restore a previous version of Canada, but to preserve the gifts God had given: the best traditions of the past, the communities in which we live, the surrounding creation, and the dignity of man.
The Jeffersonians on the Margins of NatCon
What is being outlined here is fundamentally a Wendell Berry conservatism: our solutions are not global in nature. They might not even be national in nature. It asks individuals to get involved at the lowest possible scale, in church and on school boards, to be productive in the home and show up in a community as ways to build an emergent virtuous and meaningful life now.
Stories That Bind Us
Despite differences that are exacerbated at the national level, we often share significantly more in common with our “enemy” when we interact with them at human scales.
Can There be a National Conservatism?
Here’s the irony: a growing number of conservatives realize that it will require the assistance of the State to correct many of the problems that have been created by the State that was motivated by progressive commitments against the more local, parochial, and particular.
When In Gotham . . .
“How does one critique globalism without succumbing to would-be nationalist despots like Bolsonaro or Trump?” This was the earnest and sensible question a friend put...
Nationalism Against Imperialism
“For centuries, the politics of Western nations have been characterized by a struggle between two antithetical vision of world order: an order of free...
Digital Commons, Stinkbugs, Nationalism, and More
Wendell Berry writes in defense of the University Press of Kentucky: "If it should happen, this destruction would amount to an act of censorship,...
Trump in Context
Sioux Center, Iowa. In what he represents, Donald Trump is not as unique as either his admirers or his despisers think. How do we explain...
Patriotism in Little
Louisville, Kentucky. One of the things I found on moving home to Kentucky 22 years ago is that our love of country is a...
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