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The Achievement of Wendell BerryThe Hard History of Love$
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Fritz Oehlschlaeger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813130071

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813130071.001.0001

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Toward a Peaceable Economy for a Beloved Country

Toward a Peaceable Economy for a Beloved Country

Berry as Agrarian, Citizen, and Patriot

(p.43) Chapter 2 Toward a Peaceable Economy for a Beloved Country
The Achievement of Wendell Berry

Fritz Oehlschlaeger

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter deals with Wendell Berry's political and economic thought, broadly construed. Berry has been particularly perceptive in analyzing the ways of increasingly “total economy” undermines community life, the private–public distinction, and the institution of marriage. To counter this detrimental influence, he reasserts the importance of household and local economies. The chapter also concentrates on Berry's case for community as the indispensable source of virtues necessary to keep the private and public spheres in a proper relationship. It then turns to Berry's constructive account of an alternative to the “total economy”. Moreover, it deals with Berry's writing as a citizen and patriot since September 11, 2001. Berry has sharply criticized American policy since 9/11, arguing especially that the provisions for preemptive strikes contained in the National Security Strategy are inconsistent with democracy.

Keywords:   Wendell Berry, total economy, household economy, community, virtues, citizen, patriot, agrarian, National Security Strategy, American policy

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