Posts by Samuel Klee

What Is Community?

Man simply does not live by radio, automobiles, and refrigerators alone, but by the whole unpurchasable world beyond the market, the world of dignity, beauty, poetry, grace, chivalry, love, and friendship, the world of community, variety of life, freedom, and fullness of personality. Circumstances which debar man from such a life or make it difficult […]

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Of Clocks and Conservatism

Technologically savvy as I am, grandfather clocks will forever instill great terror and admiration. Let me explain. If my computer is on the fritz, I restart it.  If my phone dies, I charge it.  Modern innovations usually have easy fixes or cheap replacements. But what of this monstrous, antique clock?  Ornate, and confoundingly intricate–great when functioning, […]

Faith and Education

Christopher Dawson, a twentieth century historian, once described the inseparable links between religion, culture, and society.  He explained that each civilization is the expression of a certain culture–that is, an institutional embodiment of the collective religious and social traditions of a particular people.  Furthermore, each culture is inextricably linked to a particular religion; culture proceeds […]

A Problem of Place

Have you ever wandered into an old schoolhouse?  Built before Common Cores and New Deals…it’s a wonder they learned at all, isn’t it? Imagine approaching this solitary building, entering its single room.  Slowly, you walk wooden floors worn smooth by a century of children’s shoes.  Sitting now, at desks meticulously inscribed by youngsters’ blades, history […]

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Pounding Tables

A couple weeks back, I attended an ISI debate symposium in Mecosta, Michigan, at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.  There, twenty college students argued different issues in politics, society, and culture.  However, unlike any conference in my past experience, it was highly collaborative and engaging.  Rather than sitting quietly in a caffeine stupor […]

Fire Teachers?

Idea: simply cut the worst teachers to solve systemic education woes. Andrew Biggs uses this logic in his recent article for the National Review Online.  He believes the ills of our current education system may be remedied by the mass-release of the bottom performing five-percent of teachers. Terminate their employment. Don’t replace them. Simply reallocate their students […]

Create, Revise, Repeat

Is simply doing more important than always doing well? In a recent Fast Company article, Rebecca Greenfield explores the work of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who takes an interesting spin on creativity and regret.  In his biography, the animator described a particular quirk of his creativity. Making films is all about–as soon as you’re finished–continually regretting […]

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Fatherhood Amid Zombies

Zombie movies are not my typical fare. I prefer Doctor Who to the Walking Dead, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to its recent Warm Bodies reincarnation.  Characters with a pulse are a plus, in my book. However, we watched World War Z this Father’s Day, and among the half-dead-with-chattering-teeth, I found it filled with a surprising […]

Put Down the iThing

I am a child of my age.  I crave instant gratification, and sarcastic tweets are a sport.  Self-esteem is, at times, deeply tied to Facebook likes.  As of 4:30PM, I’ve texted three people, messaged five, called two, and had a handful of twitter interactions.  Sitting silently at my desk, I held at least five different […]

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L’Engle and Statism

Equality. Unity. Peace. Fear. Camazotz has no crime, no discrimination, no inequity, and no freedom.  Unfeeling and calculating, the sadistic state enforces egalitarianism with a tyrannical obsession–a global standard of unquestionable sameness.  Children’s literature though it may be, Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time illustrates the dystopian potential of rampant statism with terrifying simplicity. L’Engle hits […]