For weeks now I’ve been looking for an excuse to write about my new favorite magazine, Hearth & Field. I strongly urge all of you to subscribe immediately.
The folks at H&F are orthodox Catholics. It’s not a Catholic magazine per se, but it definitely reflects Catholic interests. They’re agrarians, localists, homesteaders, homeschoolers, Luddites, and all-around reactionaries.
Hearth & Field is about living the Good Life, but not in an abstract way. You’re not going to be inundated with undergraduate commentaries on Aristotle. They’ve got articles about why you should ditch your AC and use a landline. H&F will teach you how to keep chickens and make cider without a press, in the event our supply chain collapses.
The editor, Matthew Giambrone, is a friend of mine. Well, he is now. We’ve been trading emails for a couple of months now, and I’m going to start writing for H&F. When I do, I’ll let you know here.
Anyway, I’ve been waiting for the perfect sample of H&F—something I know will speak to my own gentle readers. Then I got the H&F newsletter, which Mr. Giambrone writes himself.
This week, it was about Facebook’s new “Metaverse” and the possible collapse of our supply chain. (Hearth & Field takes that possibility seriously. They’re not preppers, but they’re committed to economic sustainability. As we all should be.) You should read the whole thing. But this bit here is really one of the best takes I’ve read in weeks, if not months. Mr. Giambrone writes,
In previous times, the United States would have responded to such a crisis by revving up the engines of domestic production and finding creative ways to bolster critical supplies. In World War II, Victory Gardens produced forty percent of the vegetables grown in the U.S. At the same time, new factories were rapidly built, Ford Motor Company started making B-24 bombers, and the Lionel toy train company made compasses for warships. Mr. Zuckerberg’s company has ten billion dollars this year alone to invest in the Metaverse; can neither he nor any of his Silicon Valley pals find some way to make computer chips for cars? Or could Detroit maybe make cars that don’t need them? In the past, we would have rallied and kept America doing what America does: making stuff and growing stuff. But those were older, less enlightened times. Nowadays, it’s not the plants or the plants, but the ports and the portals that get the attention. We rally and keep America doing what America does: buying stuff from Asia and pretending to be rabbits.
Spot on. It may seem strange, but I do feel there’s such a strong convergence between G. K. Chesterton-style distributism and Teddy Roosevelt-style nationalism. Both, of course, are utterly opposed to the Zuckerverse and all forms of oligarchical technocracy.
H&F are big fans of GKC. I don’t know how they feel about TR, but that’s all right. They’re on our wavelength.
Anyway, go ahead and read the whole thing. Then be sure to subscribe to Hearth & Field. It’s the best thing on the internet. It may be the only good thing on the internet. So, read everything they publish. You won’t regret it.