Sunday, November 8, 2015

Wendell Berry on the daily reality of capitalist destruction

The present economy by means of its purchase of governmental power, works invariably against the natural world; against working people, small farmers and locally owned small businesses, and against the life integrity, beauty and dignity of communities, both rural and urban. It is destroying our country"Wendell Berry

In his book of poetry Leavings Wendell Berry composed a sequence of Sabbath poems written as reflections arising from his regular "sabbath walks" in the forests surrounding his Kentucky farm.

These are profound meditations on the state of the world and natural environment, and the destruction caused by human folly and capitalist greed.


1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of  the free
market free and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

2.For the sake of goodness,
how much evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favourite
evils and acts of hatred.

3. What sacrifices are you prepared 
 to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines
and works of art you would most willingly destroy

4.In the name of patriotism
and the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
 List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns
you could do readily without.

5.State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes
the energy sources, the kinds of security
for which you would kill a child
Name please the children who
you would be willing to kill.

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