Tuesday, March 27, 2007

States' rights vs. "the Free Market"

I find it odd that so many Southern conservatives who want to see a more adequate defense and promotion of states' rights are nonetheless very supportive of the "Free Market," whether it be part of a general libertarian stance or an actual subscription to the Austrian school. Some examples include Dr. Ron Paul, the Southern Caucus, Donnie Kennedy, and various columnists at Lew Rockwell. On this point they would be opposed by the Southern Agrarians and contemporaries such as Wendell Berry. Someone should make the case that states' rights are undermined when local self-sufficiency (as well as an economy that is rooted in farming) is destroyed by the dominance of the corporations.

Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Tradition: A Common Grace (American Political Thought) by Kimberly K. Smith

(University Press of Kansas page)

Soon to be published:
Wendell Berry: Life and Work (Culture of the Land) (Hardcover)
University Press of Kentucky page

Also from UPK:
Land, Culture, Conflict, and Hope
By Eric Freyfogle

Life and Work
By Wendell Berry
Blazer Lectures

The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land
Edited by Norman Wirzba

By Wes Jackson
Blazer Lectures


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