Conservative Choices: City, Town, or Suburb?

By |2018-12-04T12:09:51-05:00December 18th, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Conservatism|Tags: , |

American conservatives traditionally have been suspicious of the city. The crowding, the anonymity, the fast pace, the dirt, and above all the attitude that one must “get on” or “move up” lest he be trampled underfoot all rankle those who see a good life more in terms of character and relationships than activities, entertainments, [...]

Finding Your Place by Ennobling the World

By |2015-07-05T09:43:22-05:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Nature, St. John's College, Wilfred McClay|Tags: |

When I bring up the subject of “place” to fellow scholars and administrators, I often encounter blank stares and gentle skepticism. Why, I’m asked, would people want to talk about…place? Why would anyone want to write, or read, or hear about such an abstract, ineffable, ethereal concept? But when I talk to students about [...]

The Sports Obsession of a Lonely City

By |2014-04-10T14:51:39-05:00March 28th, 2014|Categories: Community, Sports|Tags: |

I’m from Seattle (the area if you want to be picky). Now I know that everyone likes to brag about their city being a sports town, but Seattle takes the cake. How else do the Mariners continue to have fans? Why is soccer actually popular here? And why the heck won’t the NBA move [...]

On the Measure and Conservation of Human Things

By |2017-07-31T23:48:21-05:00October 28th, 2013|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Fr. James Schall, Politics, Walker Percy|Tags: , |

For the truth of knowledge is measured by the knowable object. For it is because a thing is so or is not so that a statement is known to be true or false, and not the reverse.—Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Book 5,1.17, #1003 A people that were to honor falsehood, defamation, fraud, [...]

Some Thoughts on the Common Toad

By |2014-02-21T17:26:21-05:00October 7th, 2012|Categories: George Orwell|Tags: |

George Orwell Before the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion, which is to emerge from a hole in the ground, where he has lain buried since the previous autumn, and crawl as rapidly as possible [...]