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Daniel Krotz is a writer and bookseller living in the Ozark Mountains in rural Arkansas. He also consults for various organizations and agencies of the federal government on issues relating to refugees, and sustainable agriculture. Dan is the author of numerous articles and papers and writes a column for the Lovely County Citizen titled "The Diary of a Country Bookseller".

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Another Blue Serge Suit

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 10:57 AM

I am sure you have heard the expression "offering an opinion is like peeing on yourself in a blue serge suit. It feels warm and no one knows you've done it." Now, two sources, an article in The Atlantic Monthly and a report from the Pew Research Center, confirm the...

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Keep Your Pants On

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 7:41 PM

A recurring theme in the novels of Charles Dickens is referred to by economists as "The Victorian Compromise." Summarily, it promotes the idea that if the deserving poor adhere to the Protestant Ethic -- work, save, and deny the flesh -- a rich person passing by will take notice of...

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Separating the Sheep From the Goats

(33) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 9:54 AM

There was a scalawag on the Town Square in Berryville, Arkansas, last week recruiting members for a church whose main purpose is to rescue Catholics, Methodists, and other pseudo Christians from the clutches of the Great Whore of Babylon (Catholics), Communist inspired agent-Bishops (Methodists), and feminist church leaders (you know...

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Guns and Butter

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 10:20 AM

Ever since the Reagan administration both liberal and conservative members of Congress have shared the belief, if for different reasons, that military action is an acceptable foreign policy strategy. Liberals consent to military intervention on behalf of endangered and enslaved peoples, while conservatives see it as a means to foster...

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The Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 8:01 AM

I admit to having felt a sense of completion on hearing the news that our Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden. But I wish we'd had a little more time to bear witness to the good news.

It took less than 24 hours for the ideological noise machine to...

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Small Farms and the Farm Subsidies Scandal

(43) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 1:02 PM

Republicans have dialed back their election promise to cut $100 billion dollars in spending down to what looks like $40 billion dollars, give or take a billion or two. I think everyone -- Independents, Republicans and Democrats alike -- can agree that a $60 billion dollar miss isn't even close...

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One Big Store

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Michelle Obama and Bill Simon, Wal-Mart's president and CEO, met last week to announce Wal-Mart's plans to reduce the amount of salt and sugar in the food products it sells, and to eliminate transfats completely over the next five years. Wal-Mart's agenda fits well with Mrs. Obama's well intentioned "Let's...

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Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

(19) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 9:17 AM

It shouldn't be a surprise to hear that mainline Christian churches have been losing members. Between 1958 and 2008 almost 20 million people have either opted out of church membership altogether, or have joined more emotionally expressive and technologically savvy evangelical, prosperity theology or premillennial churches. Today, there are 38,000...

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How to Term Limit Lunatics

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2010 | 1:09 PM

One of the lunatics Arkansans routinely sends to the State Legislature wrote an opinion piece on the new Health Care Reform legislation that has pushed me over the edge. This bozo is so out of touch with the lives of ordinary Americans that I am convinced that our electoral process...

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Pray for Andy Harris

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 4:23 PM

The first thing newly elected Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) did when he got to Washington last week was complain about the Cadillac health care provided to government employees. Apparently he has to wait 30 days after he starts walking the streets before it kicks in. I'm sure we all feel...

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Our Endless Political Circus

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 11:58 AM

In more than forty years of following politics, I am unable to remember a less satisfactory electoral contest than the one we've just had. I haven't met a single person who expressed excitement about the candidates, regardless of their party -- irrespective of whether the contests were local or statewide....

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How to Write a Grant

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 2:36 PM

I've been reviewing a lot of grants applications (for federal agencies and private foundations) over the past year. I'm doing this because I think it will improve my own grant writing skills, and because I am extremely interested in what people "in the field" are thinking about. It is work...

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Yves Klein: With the Void, at the Hirschhorn

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 5:45 PM

I recently visited the Hirschhorn Library in Washington last week and saw an exhibit of the French artist Yves Klein's work titled "Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers". Hardly anyone outside the art world remembers Klein anymore -- he died at age 34, but during his brief career he...

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Leatherstone by David Pabian: A Review

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 6:01 PM

One of the consequential ironies of the free market (and of Socialism) is that it reduces choice while expanding market share. Simply put, more and more consumers get more and more of the same "stuff". At the endpoint all our stuff, including political institutions, is "made out of ticky-tacky and...

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Drill Another Hole in My Head, Baby, Drill Me Now

(17) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 2:37 PM

There has been a raft of books and articles out recently that try to explain why low and moderate income people are voting against their own economic and social interests. Thomas Frank, the editor of The Baffler Magazine, summed it up: "It's like a French Revolution in reverse in which...

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All Literature Is Gossip

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 2:57 PM

John Heartbreak, famous in the small world of booksellers and perhaps my oldest friend, attended the Arkansas Bookseller's Show last week at my encouragement. John is famous because he is known to know more about books than most human beings. We are oldest friends because we've been able to forgive...

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Heroic Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 11:32 AM

Bleck Eliassaint had just walked in the door of his modest house on Paupelar St., in the Nazon neighborhood of Port au Prince, when the earthquake struck. In seconds, his entire life changed. Pinned in the wreckage, Bleck lost his left leg just below the knee.

However, the 23 year...

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'A Month of Sundays': A Proposed Sermon-Review Column

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 12:30 PM

During the 1960s and early 70s, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a weekly column that was entirely comprised of reviews of sermons given by Philadelphia pastors. The column's format was identical to those that reviewed movies or plays, reporting pastoral hits, misses, and yawns with a soupcon of humor and humility....

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Ogalalla Blue

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 4:10 PM

In 1978 the Corp of Engineers built a reservoir along US Highway 412 in Oklahoma that they named Optima Dam. It cost 48 million dollars. In the thirty years since it was built, it has never held so much as a teacup of water. Would you like to know what...

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In Praise of Doing Things Badly

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2010 | 11:50 AM

Some of our best writers are masters of the paradox, of taking conventional wisdom and showing us how illogical, inconsistent, and how often absurd is such wisdom.

For example, when G.K. Chesterton wrote that, "anything worth doing is worth doing badly" I think he was worried about the tendency...

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