As I’ve lived in Kentucky for many years now, I have noticed that praise of Wendell Berry in Kentucky is about as abundant as bourbon, tobacco and coal mining (perhaps all three together!). He is especially popular among Christian hipsters. There is much I appreciate about Berry. I’ve had students read his work in Ethics classes of various sorts, and it has gone over well. I think his basic economic principles outlined in an article from the Progressive are insightful and accurate.
What I find problematic, however, is his application of agrarianism to all domains of life.
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