25 Apr '12, 11am

Wendell Berry: This old farmer is still full of piss and vinegar

Wendell Berry: This old farmer is still full of piss and vinegar

Cross-posted from the Chronicle of Higher Education . In a time when we’ve seen global economic crisis, societal unrest, and ecological deterioration, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) could not have picked a more potent speaker than Wendell Berry for this year’s Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. In his remarks in Washington, D.C., on Monday, the essayist, novelist, and poet — a Kentuckian long known for his advocacy for family farming, community relationships, and sustainability — delivered a characteristically eloquent yet scathing critique of the industrial economy and its toll on humanity. “The two great aims of industrialism — replacement of people by technology and concentration of wealth into the hands of a small plutocracy — seem close to fulfillment,” Berry told the crowd at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “At the same time, th...

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