1. kevpriest says:

    I agree, this will become more widespread. There’s long been an opening for a revival of a “Southern Agrarian” type of movement, and all the political upheaval of late lends itself to that sort of thing.

    The danger is that it becomes a luddite movement, combining various threads of the anti-immigration movement, isolationist movement, and old-style Southern populism, into a “back to the land” sort of thing.

    If I start seeing more shape note circles getting together I’ll know where things are headed.

  2. Donkey Kong says:


    I attended a conference at which the keynote speaker was the dear literary leader of all isolationist southern agrarians–Wendell Berry. We need to run far, far away from the Berry crowd. Either he, or one of the academics who presented papers on his works, said that he does not support defending America, and would only take up arms in defense of his village. Someone should invite him to move to Afghanistan or some other village-centric society.

    I believe that we have a moral responsibility to take care of our land and environment. I also believe we have a moral responsibility to defend our country. Mr. Berry’s cult should be shunned and portrayed in the anti-America, selfish manner that it relishes.

  3. StevePerkins says:

    I’ve never understood the knee-jerk conservative dismissal of environmentalism. Basically, the outlook seems to have been:

    1) Leftists like the environment
    2) We don’t like Leftists
    3) Hence, we don’t like the environment

    Granted, the Left has used environmentalism as a “Christmas tree”, upon which to hang all sorts of onerous “ornaments” that are unrelated (e.g. anti-capitalism, anti-trade, etc). That sort of thing is a turn-off for me. However, the CORE issue of needing to practice good stewardship seems pretty non-political to me. I hope that people truly are coming around to seeing it that way.

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