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COVER STORY The real cost of institutionalised child care

EDITORIAL AGL dismisses $250m bid for Liddell Power Station

GENDER POLITICS As Queensland transgenders birth certificates, 300 women quit UK Labour Party

CANBERRA OBSERVED No pressure on Malcolm to call election this year

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Can Greens regenerate, or are they mulch?

POLITICS Conservative shift in the Victorian Liberal Party

OPINION No fairytale ending from the Land of a Fair Go

LAW REFORM The Nordic Model: proven to curtail sex trafficking

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Committal hearing dismisses main serious charges against Cardinal Pell

GENDER AND ETHICS Transgenderism and the dissolution of identity

PHILOSOPHY The supercharged cheetah

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS One Belt, One Road: China's new empire

HUMOUR

MUSIC Business as usual: The sweet tinkle of falling coins

CINEMA Avengers: Last Flag Flying and Infinity War

BOOK REVIEW A hungry beast that ate up 4 million lives

BOOK REVIEW Skewed analysis of republic in crisis

POETRY

LETTERS

CANBERRA OBSERVED Bill Shorten's Budget-Reply speech: for what ails you

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Behind the U.S.-North Korea rapprochement

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THE HUMANE VISION OF WENDELL BERRY

Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter

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(Wilmington, Delaware, ISI Books, 2014)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN: 9781610170017
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Book description

Conservatism, Conservationism and Community

Wendell Berry — poet, novelist, essayist, critic, farmer — has won the admiration of Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. His writings treat an extraordinary range of subjects, including politics, economics, ecology, farming, work, marriage, religion, and education. But as this enlightening new book shows, such diverse writings are united by a humane — and profoundly conservative — vision that finds its inspiration in the great moral and literary tradition of the West.

In The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter bring together a distinguished roster of writers to critically engage Berry’s ideas. The volume features original contributions from Rod Dreher, Anthony Esolen, Allan Carlson, Richard Gamble, Jason Peters, Anne Husted Burleigh, Patrick J. Deneen, Caleb Stegall, Luke Schlueter, Matt Bonzo, Michael Stevens, D. G. Hart, Mark Shiffman, and William Edmund Fahey, as well as a letter to Berry by famed novelist Wallace Stegner.

Together, these authors situate Berry’s ideas within the larger context of conservative thought. His vision stands for reality in all its facets and against all reductive “isms” — for intellect against intellectualism, individuality against individualism, community against communitarianism, liberty against libertarianism.

Wendell Berry calls his readers to live lives of gratitude, responsibility, friendship, and love — notions that, as this important new book makes clear, should be at the heart of a thoughtful and coherent conservatism.

 

Endorsements and reviews

“The gems in this collection of essays do Mr. Berry justice — and they illume the path to a peaceful, humbler, better country.” Bill Kauffman

 “Help[s] those who do not know Berry, or know him only in one or two of his dimensions, to understand what this farmer, poet, essayist, and novelist has been about for the past four or five decades. [The book] makes wanting to read him, if not actually meet him, irresistible.”
 — The American Conservative

“Wendell Berry is a wise, funny, rooted, radical, poetic, and practical sage whose life and work stand as a humane and joyful alternative to the arrogance, bellicosity, and hypermobility in modern America. The gems in this collection of essays do Mr. Berry justice — and they illume the path to a peaceful, humbler, better country.”
 — Bill Kauffman, author of Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette

“We stand much in the debt of Mitchell and Schlueter for shepherding into existence this thoughtful collection of essays, which display the remarkable breadth and depth that establish Berry as one of American history’s truly great, and most realistic, cultural critics.”
 — David L. Schindler, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America


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