[permaculture] Wendell Berry quotations: The Deliberate Agrarian: Deliberate Agrarian Update: 30 November 2009

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Sat Dec 19 07:51:49 EST 2009


     "Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call "the 
economy" or "the free market" is less and less distinguishable from 

     "We are going to have to gather up the fragments of knowledge and 
responsibilities that have been turned over to governments, 
corporations, and specialists, and put those fragments back together 
again in our own minds and in our families and household and neighborhoods."

     ”But once greed has been made an honorable motive, then you have an 
economy without limits. It has no place for temperance or thrift or the 
ecological law of return. It will do anything. It is monstrous by 

     "A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number 
of persons have sold their moral allegiance."

     "A man with a machine and inadequate culture is a pestilence."

     "The promoters of the global economy...see nothing odd or difficult 
about unlimited economic growth or unlimited consumption in a limited 

     "For the sake of “job creation,” in Kentucky, and in other backward 
states, we have lavished public money on corporations that come in and 
stay only so long as they can exploit people here more cheaply than 
elsewhere. The general purpose of the present economy is to exploit, not 
to foster or conserve.”

     "When going back makes sense, you are going ahead

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