Reimagining American Community

ScreenHunter_71 Mar. 04 10.08This week, the estimable Front Porch Republic just turned four years old, thanks to the efforts of editor Mark Mitchell and his cabal of highly literate, interesting and amusing contributors (among which your truly is pleased to be included on occasion). FPR’s unique conversation in our public life has been acknowledged (grudgingly, admiringly, diffidently, as one might expect) by disparate outposts such as the N.Y. Times, the New Republic, and First Things.

If you’re not already a Porcher, go have a look around at this project which deserves the support of us Solidarity Hall folk (donations accepted on the FPR site here).

Here is Mark’s comment on this auspicious milepost:

We believe that we are in the beginning stages of a “new traditionalist” moment that will help revitalize American discourse and community and civic life by reclaiming important aspects of the Western tradition long ignored—or detested—by most Western elites. Even though much in the news suggests that ours is a badly damaged republic, there are hopeful signs. It is our intent to highlight and nurture these good things as we seek to champion human scale, the “little platoons,” respect for the natural world, and reverence to God.

“New traditionalism”: gotta like that.

About the Author
A native Texan, Elias spent several good years studying classics and medieval Italian at UC Berkeley before wasting several more years in financial journalism around Chicago. He has written for Strong Towns, the American Scholar, the New Urbs blog, and the Gary Catholic Worker and is the co-author of a textbook on character education. He briefly published something called The Armchair Historian. None of his three teenage daughters display an interest in the Greek and Latin classics thus far. He and his family reside in leafy Valparaiso IN.