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Wendell Berry and the Great Economy

Economics has become a totalizing system claiming the power to explain all things. It is as much a religious system—by another name—as is Berry's Great Economy.

Thoughts on Teaching Wendell Berry

Teaching Wendell Berry to students today isn't a thankless task, but the victories are small and far between (which, one might say, is all the best victories always are).

David Rieff on FPR–and others

According to David Rieff, FPR occupies an honorable space on the right side of the American commentariat spectrum, in that many of our writers...

It’s the Land, Stupid

I'll take the old gal with a few well-earned wrinkles that fit soft and snug like a favorite glove. It's the land, stupid, and boy is she a thing of stunning beauty.

Blood and Tobacco: Robert Penn Warren’s “Night Rider”

Men cut off from their origins and alienated from their selves become desperate, and desperate men do desperate deeds.

Burn the Vineyard

I have just returned from one of the most remarkable journeys of my life, a ten day tour of Romania to promote an anthology...

False Economics and Malignant Growth

Patrick Deneen's excellent post this morning on populism, directly invoking Kansas, gives me the occassion to repost a short essay I wrote last year for my...

Dirt, Dollars, and Devices

Holland, MI. I confess: I hate farms. I hate everything about them. I hate the malodorous smells that take days to wash off. I...

Waiting for the Americans…

In the late 1970s, my grandfather’s older brother, already in his nineties, was pressing his almost deaf ears to a little portable radio still...

A Long, Long Row

“Hontar:  We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus. Altamirano: No, Señor Hontar. Thus have we made the world. Thus have...