Thomas Fleming on the uglification of churches, Joseph Pearce on Romanticism and the road to conversion, Fr. Hugh Barbour on seeking beauty, Claude Polin on natural society and conservatism, and James Patrick on the life and work of Augustus Pugin. Plus, Stephen B. Presser on the implications of and response to Kelo v. New London.
Thomas Fleming on agrarianism through the ages, Tom Landess on abstracting the South, Mark Royden Winchell on countering centralization, Kirkpatrick Sale on why secession may be necessary rather than merely desirable, and James Everett Kibler on the good life. Plus, Edward A. Olsen discusses a more pragmatic approach to Korea.
In January, this column will celebrate its fifth anniversary. When Tom Fleming and I originally conceived of the idea back in 1998 (as an occasional “Letter From Rockford” to be written by various local activists), we were capitalizing on the fact that our city was considered by marketing agencies and national chains as an ideal testing ground, because, demographically—on questions of race, income, education, etc.—Rockford represented the national averages.
Thomas Fleming on the real “war on terror,” Ronald L. Hatchett on the United States’ long and sordid relationship with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, James Bissett on Canada’s porous borders, and Scott P. Richert on how America is preparing the way for an Islamic takeover. Plus, Richard Cummings on the development of British immigration policy and Doug Bandow on how Bush deliberately dragged the U.S. into war with Iraq.