Wendell Berry

My first impression of the man was something like: “I like this guy.  He gets it.”  Just into the start of Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community, I was already agreeing with Berry and his value of the earth and nature.  Now, having read the first chapter, “Conservation and Local Economy,” I can only admire his satirical yet passionate writing even more.

Berry understands the importance of local economy and the destructive force that is a large government.   Everything is a business, and everyone is in it for the money.  In his words, “the interests of local communities and economies are relentlessly subordinated to the interests of ‘business.'”  While he challenges his readers’ opinions, dares us to ask questions and decide for ourselves what we will believe, he offers ideas that cannot be ignored.