Justice, Sovereignty, and the Throwaway Culture: Reading Charles Camosy

We live in a time of political disruption. In the United States and around the developed world we are seeing nationalist and populist agitation against the established liberal order. While this is a cause of anxiety, it is also a moment of great opportunity. There seems to be bot … | Continue reading


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Rise Up, O Saints, and Plant Gardens

Jake Meador’s In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World is a remarkably successful attempt to bring together the core teachings of Christianity and the community-centered practices of an economic life less dependent on global capitalism. | Continue reading


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In Praise of Religion’s Dark Side

The dark side of religion cannot be completely vanquished because human reason pales in the comparison to the highest reality, which is known through the light and the darkness of the religious experience. | Continue reading


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Plastic, Local Feasting, and Family Farms

“Book Review: Dignity by Chris Arnade.” Jake Meador uses Patrick Deneen’s recent work to frame a reading of Arnade’s photographs and stories. In a book that does not shy away from pain and darkness, Jake finds glimpses of the heavenly city for which we long.“Oh, the Places We’ll … | Continue reading


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Building Folklore Wealth

Our lives depend upon the restoration of intergenerational stability within our local communities as a norm that is loved and nurtured. Moreover, our recent obsession with measures such as GDP not only undermines our own wellbeing but threatens our relationship with our entire co … | Continue reading


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Mr. Jones and Me

Place was also indispensable to our friendship whether we realized it or not. For all our determination to be malcontents, we did secretly love our home. | Continue reading


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Puppets and Portraits: Two Victorians

In “The Dreams of Mrs. Flintwinch thicken,” a short chapter of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit (1857), the kind-hearted Arthur Clennam visits his childhood home. “Oppressive secrets” pervade the crumbling house and its London neighborhood. The night engulfs Clennam in a sense of o … | Continue reading


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Pelagians, Lithium Mines, and Progressive Occultism

“The Politics of Dystopia.” Ross Douthat seems to be thinking about Deneen’s book these days: “On right and left, it has become easier to imagine ways the liberal order might deserve to fall, because of evils generated from within itself.”“Conservative Women and the Intra-Conserv … | Continue reading


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Creator as Creature: Rowan Williams on Christ and Creation

Christ the Heart of Creation renders fruitful the richness in, and the virtue of, the Christological grammar that rules faithful speech and thought about the person and nature of Jesus Christ. | Continue reading


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Blessed Are the Working Poor

I came to the work of Chris Arnade through his work documenting the social capital of McDonald’s around the United States. In his photos and captions I saw a glimpse of a world I had grown accustomed to: the chaotic and welcoming de-facto community centers springing up in the sha … | Continue reading


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Before Ahmari and French, Wills and Bozell

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Infinite Baseball review

The official scorekeeper for my sixth-grade baseball team was our catcher’s mom. Sometimes she couldn’t be there, and it would fall to our coach to keep score. Sometimes he didn’t feel like doing it, in which case it would be up to me and my teammates.I have only vague memories | Continue reading


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“Free America,” Work Colleges, and Seeds

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Without Athens, There is No R.E.M.: The Loss of Local Cultures

In high school, I had a friend who simply loathed Michael Stipe. This was in the late nineties, at the tail end of R.E.M.’s cultural dominance, but the band was still seemingly omnipresent. “Everybody Hurts,” “Stand,” “Losing My Religion,” “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”—these … | Continue reading


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A Politics of Presence

When we stop trying to be everywhere at once, we have enough time for the meaningful things. | Continue reading


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Abortion: Realpolitik, Kulturkampf, and Evangelization

One side has dominated the story while the other has tried to dominate the politics. But separating culture and politics is a self-defeating strategy. | Continue reading


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Mythical Mammals, College Libraries, and David French-ism

“More Than Mildly Amusing.” I heartily second Elizabeth Bittner’s recommendation ofMr.Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals; it’s a children’s book that rewards re-readings, and the glossary combines wit and wisdom.“How Republicans Hurt the Fight Against Abortion.” Writing for … | Continue reading


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The Wonderfully (if Perhaps Insufficiently) Radical Bill McKibben

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Ecce Hortus: A Dispatch from Dumb-Ass Acres

Put in a garden and watch it come to life. | Continue reading


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What Are People For? Control or Love?

The least-discussed chapter in Patrick Deneen’s much-discussedWhy Liberalism Failedis—I would venture—“Technology and the Loss of Liberty.” Similarly, Rod Dreherhas lamentedthat relatively few readers or reviewers discuss the technology chapter inThe Benedict Option. These oversi … | Continue reading


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The Case for Confucianism in America: How an Ancient Chinese Philosophical Tradition Could Save Our Fraying Democracy

In such times, a centripetal lurch is what we desperately need. | Continue reading


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A Hidden Life, Carbon Credits, and the American Solidarity Party

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Regional Universities Educate for Merit—It’s too Bad Our Elites Just Want Prestige

The Varsity Blues parents didn’t really care if their children learned anything; they were concerned that they got their ticket to success stamped by the right institution. | Continue reading


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Pedestrian Pleasures

“Why do need to go to the Holy Land? You have an altar in your church?” | Continue reading


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Culture and the Front Porch

What is culture? What hath attachment to do with culture? Why are front porches necessary for culture? Culture is something vibrant. Something living. Something that runs through the veins of living men and women and moves them to sing songs to the sun; of praise and | Continue reading


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Time and Place in Eugene Vodolazkin’s Imagination

We occupants of the Porch can profitably read Vodolazkin in light of our own concern to acknowledge human limitations and find ways to live well and more fully in our own communities. | Continue reading


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Back Row America, Marilynne Robinson, and Peter Maurin

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The Most Polarized Era Ever?

In selecting reading material, the average reader might not immediately reach for a book about Congress in the nineteenth century. That would be a mistake, as Joanne Freeman’s book The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War is an historical highlight from … | Continue reading


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Imagining Humane (Household) Economies

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On Being Watched, and Remembered

“Don’t take my gun, Nightlife!” Tol called, trying to sound not too much concerned, and yet unable to keep the tone of pleading entirely out of his voice. “I’m liable to need it!”This dialogue begins the real action of Wendell Berry’s “Watch with Me.” Tol Proudfoot, in his garden … | Continue reading


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The Monkey in the Margin: History, Tradition, and Transgression

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“Who’s going to take care of these people?”

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Underrating Humans, John Lukacs, and the Digital Town Square

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Robo-umps and Us

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The Yankee Southern Agrarian

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Bringing Wendell Berry (and Business) to Sterling

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Aaron Wolf, Kansas, and a Treasonous Meritocrat?

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Tourism as Urban Savior?

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A Case for Shame

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Solar’s Dirty Secret

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Underland, 737 Max, and Earth Day

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Taxes from the Porch

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“Ora et Anti-Labora”? Kathryn Tanner on Finance Capitalism

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Notre Dame and the Need for the Past

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Salvaging: Boat Trailers, T.S. Eliot, and Resurrection

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English Land Ownership, The Overstory, and Artificial Intelligence

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The Leased of These

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Confucius–A Man for All Seasons

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