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New Agrarian Writingsthe latest collection of writings by Wendell Berry, isn't a perfect book, nor the perfect expression of his powerful vision of what constitutes a good life or a good community. In particular the final, essentially autobiographical stories in the book don't really work, I think, as persuasive pieces of writing.
But a man of such enormous accomplishments, and of such influence on behalf of localist truths, doesn't need to hit it out of the park every time, especially not at age And in any case, each of the three lengthy critical essays which form the first part of this collection are worth the price of the book alone, so you should pick it up, right now.
In particular, when you read the book, pay close attention to the first essay, "Thoughts of Limits in a Prodigal Age. First, a response from the Republican majority in the Kansas state legislature to the recent arguments about gun violence and America's schools.
The proposed solution, in Second, the demands of striking school teachers in West Virginia. In response to legitimate complaints about abysmally low pay and poor teaching conditions, and facing the prospect of a teacher walkout, the legislature offered to use state budget surpluses when they existed to better fund public education.
The teachers, recognizing the unreliability of such funding promises, engaged in a wildcat strike--defying their own union leaders--that shut down all the public schools in the state for nearly two weeks. The state government caved, agreeing to all the teachers' demands.
Both present, though probably not on first glance, a challenge to what Berry calls in this essay the reigning doctrine of "inevitability," which is "an economic and technological determinism, as heartless as it is ignorant" p. It is the assumption that, of course, in the insurance marketplace, in the budgeting process--in anything related to the presumably inevitable logic of the capitalist economy, really--there is always a presumably "natural" way that things are going to have to work, and no amount of political grandstanding can ever make a difference.
Except, of course, for those times when, as a people's awarenesses expand and their preferences become refined, it does. Do not think for a moment that Berry is advocating either an ignorance of nor an obliviousness to the laws of nature.
On the contrary, tending to the fundamental limits and characteristics of one's land has been central to his work over the decades; he mentions it in his introduction to this collection agrarianism, he writes, must be characterized by "an informed and conscientious submission to nature, or to Nature, and her laws of conservation, frugality, fullness or completeness, and diversity"--p.
All of that may sound like a recognition of inevitability But Berry's main intention in this essay to show that in our "prodigal age" we have submitted, not to the limits of nature and place, but to artificial limits, constructed limits, limits of process and economic possibility, rather than authentic limits of place.
It has been an act of collective though admittedly, on an individual level, often empowering ignorance. His name for this ignorance? From its beginnings, industrialism has depended on a general willingness to ignore everything that does not serve the cheapest possible production of merchandise andtherefore, the highest possible profit Berry's decision to hang this act of grand intellectual substitution on industrialism is of a piece with the strongly reactionary tone which these essays occasionally take.
In the collection's second essay, "Leaving the Future Behind: A Letter to a Scientific Friends," a grouchy complaint about all those who would use invoke "science" superficially to support their preferred causes, he casually wonders if the possibility of achieving "a reasonably coherent, reasonably self-sufficient and self-determining local economy" for the long term wasn't gravely harmed by the advent of "oceanic navigation" by which humans "traveled the globe"--pp.
But such contrariness aside, he has a point. For Berry, the industrial process is essentially about turning the productivity of places and persons into economic units--"We have That kind of wealth is not measured primarily by profit, but by "provision," a concept Berry turns to repeatedly in this essay.
He writes of the "need to provide: All of this comes together, when one looks at the essay as a whole: Engaging in such work thus allows for a sense of fulfillment and wealth in the way an industrial economic mindset does not, since the latter turns upon price and productivity, and not upon the--in Berry's view--moral priority of responsibly providing for, or collectively participating in providing for, oneself and one's place places being defined both naturally and in terms of human communityby patiently bringing needed goods out of the bounteous, demanding, natural world.
When the industrial world--and the expanded reach, access to resources, and opportunities for monetary wealth and excess consumption which it undeniably brought to far more human beings than had ever previously ever been the case in human history--caused many to subject agriculture as well as many other of the fundamental tasks Berry associates with the agrarian mindset to the model of economic profit rather than community provision, the moral achievement of the agrarian economic conception was put in jeopardy.
The real heart of the essay, then, comes when Berry gives us an analysis of, and mourns the loss of, one form this conception took: For a time, Berry writes, the Association "did preserve a sort of balance between industrialism and agrarianism," one which "prevented their inherent difference and opposition from becoming absolute" p.
How does Berry think the Association managed this feat? You might say they did it by recognizing one inevitability, and democratically working out a way to incorporate it into a system of provision, rather than allowing it to be co-opted by another, more harmful inevitability.
The first inevitability is endemic to commercial agriculture: Specifically, since "farmers individually and collectively do not know, and cannot learn ahead of time, the extent either of public need or market demand Because either "the market is good and they are encouraged," or "the market is bad and they are desperate" p.GOV L Exam 2 Vocab.
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