On Wendell Berry at the National Cathedral
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On Wendell Berry's Jefferson Lecture

At a time that has followed crises in the global economy, unrest in society, and deterioration in the world's ecosystems, the National Endowment for the Humanities could not have picked a more potent speaker than Wendell Berry for this year's Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. 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 in his remarks here on Monday.

"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," Mr. Berry said. "At the same time the failures of industrialism have become too great and too dangerous to deny. Corporate industrialism itself has exposed the falsehood that it ever was inevitable or that it ever has given precedence to the common good."

via chronicle.com

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