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By Wendell Berry

This well known assortment positive aspects six essays on sustainability and stewardship from one among Americas most crucial cultural critics. Provocative, intimate, and considerate, one other flip of the Crank reaches to the center of Wendell Berrys hindrance for our country, its groups, and their destiny.

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But before we agree again to so radical a measure, producing maximum profits to people who live elsewhere and minimal, expensive benefits to ourselves and our neighbors, we ought to ask if we cannot contrive local solutions for our local problems, and if the local solutions might not be the best ones. It is not enough merely to argue against a renewal of the old colonial economy. We must have something else competently in mind. If we don’t want to subject our forests to the rule of absentee exploiters, then we must ask what kind of forest economy we would like to have.

Nothing that I have written here should be construed as an endorsement of either of our political parties as they presently function. ” Democrats should beware of the opposite errors. One reason for this is that I am an agrarian: I think that good farming is a high and difficult art, that it is indispensable, and that it cannot be accomplished except under certain conditions. Manifestly, good farming cannot be fostered or maintained under the rule of the presently dominant economic and cultural assumptions of our political parties.

But to say as much is not to say that there is no proper role for government. The proper role of a government is to protect its citizens and its communities against conquest—against economic conquest just as much as conquest by overt violence. Underlying all that I have written here is the assumption that a people who are entirely lacking in economic self-determination, either personal or local, and who are therefore entirely passive in dealing with the suppliers of all their goods and services, including political goods and services, cannot be governed democratically—or not for long.

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