Wendell Berry: knowledge, ignorance and sustaining

Wendell Berry, always an interesting and resolute thinker, poet, farmer. Here is his recent talk at Yale.

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  1. will watch this soon, has he ever really been up front about the terribly risky business that farming is for most true (not ‘family’ owned factories) family farmers?

    • Good question. My suspicion is that a concern for those risks drives a fair bit of his concern for the undoing of the social support systems that would support them – particularly their own communities.

      • the social support systems went with the population no? short of China/Soviet style mass resettlements I don’t see how this all might play out…

      • Yes, that is when the social support systems went. In this video he calls for a (non-quaint) back to the land movement. But I don’t know how that would play out either; although I have heard that after 2008 in Greece there was a big movement back to the country and rapid proliferation of non-state, local currencies..

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