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The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture Revised Edition
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Oh, I've heard all the urban preachers and their reasons why they love the city. I lived it!!!!!
Is there any wonder why higher income people are moving into rural america! Land prices are thru the roof, they come here with their city mind, mouth and motivations. Why? Because they want a view and try to escape all those negative things in the city. Not to mention raise their kids in a small coummunity in hopes of everyone and everything turning out ok. They don't understand farming communities, our culture, our history nor our way of life.
Ah! We are free! But wait, they come here and destroy our pastoral settings and fill the land with strip malls, fast food joints, quick marts and infrastructure that makes it "country no more."
If any farmer holds out in this "developers dream of a jauggernaut" these new "country folk" start raising cain about the country sights, smell and sounds and want the farmer gone.
Wendell is right on in this book. Oh sure there are bits and pieces of his opinion that rub some liberal wrong. But hey I'm sure a few conservatives cried foul too.
Open up your mind and heart. Look at the facts. Can you trust corporate america? Big brother? Individual selfishness and greed?Read more ›
"The Unsettling of America" is nearly as old as I am, and it is as alive and timely as the day it was written. Probably even more so, since its remedies are the salves for our national malady, and they need an even more urgent prescription and application today than they did 30 years ago. Berry not only succinctly and brilliantly describes how we lost our small farmers, he astutely ties that loss to the loss of culture, belonging, responsibility, community, and character we all feel and mourn in our modern lives, even if we don't understand or fully comprehend that empty feeling. It is, after all, called agri-CULTURE because the land is tied intimately with culture, and to convert agriculture into agribusiness is to divorce people from nature, from a responsibility towards nature, and from an understanding of her cycles and patterns, without which, we are incomplete; it is to convert all of us from nurturers into usurpers and exploiters, as Berry explains throughout.
So, this is not just a book about the loss of the small farmer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best analysis by far I have read on how the 20th/21st century US agricultural situation has become such a nightmare.Published 5 months ago by Thomas Reinhardt
Thoughtfully critical of the social-economic systems in place in the U.S. in the 70's, but could not be more relevant today, as evey point he highlights seems to be even more... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adam Smith
Overall, Wendell Berry makes ground-breaking points that need to be re-iterated into everyday American culture. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Megan Pluymert
SIMPLY THE BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ ON HOW TO RESTORE THE EARTH AND HAVE A GREAT QUALITY OF LIFE.... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vickie Helm
This book does a pretty good job of criticizing corporate agribusiness's assault on the family farm that was the basis of the early American economy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A Customer