Restoring the Old Order: Who Owns America?

By |2016-10-17T11:05:31-05:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Agrarianism, American Founding, Clyde Wilson, Constitution|Tags: |

In graduate school, I was assigned by the resident “New South” historian I’ll Take My Stand by Twelve Southerners as my final paper. I eagerly accepted the project. This was in my back-yard, so to speak. I had read the book at least twice before and considered it one of the best tomes on [...]

John Taylor: Advocate of Agrarianism, Self-Government & Liberty

By |2013-11-22T08:58:09-05:00November 12th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, American Founding, Conservatism, John Taylor of Caroline, Thomas Jefferson|

John Taylor of Caroline County, Virginia, was the chief pamphleteer of the Jeffersonian Republicans during the 1790s. With vigor, he attacked the Hamiltonian system with its national bank and privileges for the wealthy. Despite Taylor’s prominence in the Jeffersonian party and in forming its ideological expression, his significance has not always been understood. Historians [...]

Allen Tate, Wendell Berry, and Sewanee’s Discarded ‘The Hidden Wound’

By |2016-07-26T15:26:49-05:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Wendell Berry|Tags: |

Years ago, perhaps when I was still in graduate school, I stopped at a Chattanooga used bookshop when passing through. One has a mental list of authors to check, and I happened to find an uncommon thing: a hardcover first edition of Wendell Berry’s 1970 book on race and the South, The Hidden Wound. The [...]

Mel Bradford and Southern Agrarianism

By |2016-10-23T10:23:03-05:00July 26th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Lee Cheek, M. E. Bradford, Sean Busick, South, Southern Agrarians|

Part I of “Not in Memoriam, But in Affirmation: Mel Bradford’s Scholarly Legacy at 20” The late Mel Bradford (1934-1993) was truly one of the giants of the postwar conservative intellectual movement. A Texan (born in Fort Worth), Bradford earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of Oklahoma before going [...]

Agrarianism Reborn: On the Curious Return of the Small Family Farm

By |2014-01-31T16:06:59-05:00May 21st, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Culture|Tags: , , |

In 1941 the Prairie Farmer, America’s oldest farm periodical, celebrated its one hundredth anniversary. The centennial cover features a drawing of the iconic twentieth-century “new” farmer: tall, young, and slender. Bulky overalls have given way to tailored city clothes; the straw hat to a fedora. In the artist’s words, he is “a strong, virile, [...]

Hannah Coulter & The Bourgeois Family

By |2016-02-12T15:28:29-05:00February 21st, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Christianity, Community, Culture, David L. Schindler, Robert Cheeks, Social Order, Wendell Berry|

The rise of techno-capitalism has signaled the triumph of the “bourgeois family” and the demise of the “traditional” family. Christian theologian Stanley Hauerwas said that economist Adam Smith was well aware that the “weakening of familial ties would increase the necessity of sympathy between strangers and result in cooperative forms of behavior that had [...]

Economy of the Tao: Wendell Berry & Economic Health

By |2016-01-16T12:43:37-05:00December 30th, 2012|Categories: Agrarianism, Economics, Featured, Political Economy, Ralph Ancil, Wendell Berry, Wilhelm Roepke|

Wendell Berry Berry’s economic program, what he calls the “little economy,” is a smaller wheel in the larger motion of the “Great Economy.” To understand the former, it is vital to grasp the latter. In the following, then, Berry’s vision of the broader drama of human action is set forth, followed by [...]

It All Turns on Affection by Wendell Berry

By |2016-05-24T15:41:48-05:00April 25th, 2012|Categories: Agrarianism, Audio/Video, Economics, Political Economy, W. Winston Elliott III, Wendell Berry|

Wendell Berry In this lecture Mr. Berry challenges our assumptions about the economy, our culture and our place in the world. He also asks profound questions regarding our connections with each other and the environment. Will we seek to escape our limits and reconnect with nature, our families, our neighbors and our [...]

Southern Agrarians: The Pillars of the South

By |2016-05-25T09:54:40-05:00January 31st, 2012|Categories: Agrarianism, Economics, Political Economy|

The Southern Agrarians represent one of the most interesting movements of the first half of the twentieth century. Principled as well as intellectual, the Agrarians offered much for America to ponder. Sadly, however, it is quite possible the Southern Agrarians of the 1920s and 1930s will be remembered, if at all, as a footnote [...]

Agrarianism and Cultural Renewal

By |2014-01-09T09:03:53-05:00January 8th, 2012|Categories: Agrarianism, Culture, Lee Cheek, Southern Agrarians|

Among the contributions to I’ll Take My Stand, Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern Religion” is usually interpreted as the most acerbic, immoderate, and unusual essay in the collection. All too often the essay is read as an apologia for violence or an eccentric defense of tradition. In fact, Tate–like his fellow Agrarians–was seeking [...]

Love and The World We Live In

By |2016-11-26T09:52:19-05:00December 14th, 2011|Categories: Agrarianism, Quotation, Wendell Berry|

I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling [...]

Do the Southern Agrarians and Distributists Still Count?

By |2015-05-15T11:44:49-05:00August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Agrarianism, Bradley J. Birzer, Distributism, South, Southern Agrarians|

As I’m thinking about the various influences on Kirk (and, hence, the post-WWII American Right), I started thinking about the Southern Agrarians as well as the English Distributists. There are many who write for this blog who know far more about these groups than I do. But, from what I can tell, this American [...]

Conservation as a Conservative Concern

By |2017-07-18T15:20:18-05:00June 3rd, 2011|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Conservation, Conservatism, Wendell Berry|Tags: , |

In one of his syndicated columns published during the 1970s, the founder of The University Bookman famously wrote, “There is nothing more conservative than conservation.” Russell Kirk, considered one of the founders of post-war conservatism—that supposedly heartless, devil-catch-the-hindmost view of life that (again, supposedly) considers nature a nuisance to be tamed or destroyed—was a great admirer [...]