Those people who live in Crazytown

By Rasmus Jorgensen

How often, in the course of a conversation about politics, society, culture, have you heard the phrase “Any reasonable person would say . . .”? We feel that whatever claim we make after it must be true, but the implication is that those who disagree are unreasonable — and maybe worse.

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Trust, whatever the cost

By Rasmus Jorgensen

Having spent most of my life in small Danish towns, I’ve only once experienced someone actually wanting to do me harm — and that was in a bar during my teenage years when I made a ‘Your Mama’ joke aimed at someone whose mama was a sore topic. He forgave me, fortunately.

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This land is their land

By Rasmus Jorgensen

If the hundreds of people who walked into Washington Hall weren’t already chanting “U-S-A!” in their heads last Tuesday, April 18, around noon, the organizers of the “special naturalization oath ceremony” did everything in their power to change that.

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What I’m Reading, The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, John Seymour

By Rasmus Jorgensen

The classic guide for realists and dreamers. That’s the subtitle of John Seymour’s classic The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency. I’m a bit of both. My dream is having a small farm, around five acres. On top of that I’d like to build and fix as much as possible on my own, preferably using materials that I don’t need to go to the store to get. Seymour, in this book, covers all of that — and much more.

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Service with a pen and notebook

By Rasmus Jorgensen

When Katherine Corcoran graduated from Notre Dame, she chose to join the press and report on the commencement ceremony, which featured Ronald Reagan as the speaker, rather than walking with her classmates. “[I]f you want to be a journalist, that’s your role. . . . Your way of being involved and your service to the society is with the pen and the notebook.”

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True Confessions of an Aspiring Homesteader

By Rasmus Jorgensen

He admits he grew up mostly reading and playing video games indoors, taking for granted the joys of his family’s tidy, picturesque farm. But a seed was planted during the writer’s boyhood that is sprouting now into an appetite for the self-sufficient life. “Somehow,” he writes, “homesteading is all I can think about.”

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The Mother of All Unintended Consequences

By Rasmus Jorgensen

Why is there so much unrest in the Middle East? Political scientist Scott Hibbard, a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, points to the fallout from America’s 15-year-old, no-win war on terror.

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Indiana Bicentennial Flares Through Campus

By Rasmus Jorgensen

Indiana’s 200th birthday party took a turn through a quiet Notre Dame campus last Saturday afternoon, an unheralded moment on a cool, sunny day that happened to coincide with the television broadcast of a football game played on a wet, windswept field some 575 miles away.

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Hope and Manners on South Quad

By Rasmus Jorgensen

What was the highlight of the September 26 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Was it when Donald said to Hillary, “I want you to be happy”? Or when Hillary said to Donald, “I know you live in your own reality”?

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To Trump or Not to Trump

By Rasmus Jorgensen

What is a conservative to do this November? Trump? Or, “#NeverTrump”? Those questions drew an estimated 300 people to a packed LaFortune Ballroom last Friday.

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Brexit Broken Open

By Rasmus Jorgensen

“It is possible that a year ago some of you might have not even heard the term ‘Brexit,’” Notre Dame political science Professor A. James McAdams said last Monday, kicking off a panel discussion of the United Kingdom’s democratic decision in June to leave the European Union. As a matter of fact, I had.

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