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Liberals? Conservatives? Pah! I'll take the agrarians.

Wendell Berry has a new essay this month in Orion magazine; here's the abridged web version.

I'll be the first to agree that Berry can sound like an old curmudgeon sometimes. His writing is never as sexy as even the most pedestrian essays at, for example, Tech Central Station. But I'd ask you to give Berry some of your time and attention, and see if afterward you don't agree with me that he gets it basically right.* Many of his essays are on the web somewhere; here's one, and here's another.

If for some strange reason you don't agree with me, all the better. Then we'll have a lot to discuss.

* And Tech Central Station? Yeah, they basically get it wrong.


I have read a bit of what Wendell Berry has written, and while I agree with a lot of what he says, there seems to be a romanticism of "the good ol' days," which although it has its place, seems to forget sometimes how difficult life was in those days.

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