I consider Wendell Berry a prophet.
Penguin Books has recently published a new collection of his essays (do not see a contents…but think them all previously published???).
It is titled The World-Ending Fire.
He often refers to our present economy as being built on combustion and toxins…so the title is aptly put.
In an interview related to the book’s publication he was asked about his opinion on the recent election of Donald Trump as our American President.
His response was…it didn’t matter if it was Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump….either way he (Wendell Berry) was a loser.
I am personally in the same sinking boat….and over the past few years a number of folks have (very definitely) called me a loser.
Wendell has, for a long time, had both of his feet solidly planted in the compassion based, soil conserving, community building loser class.
I, for a similarly long time, had both my ‘moral’ feet in his space. It is just I had one economic foot in the ‘combustion and toxin’ economy.
Over the past few years I’ve liquidated the ‘combustion and toxin’ assets to work with younger folks on another economy.
Now – at this point – I diverge a bit from Mr. Berry.
I’ve had a great deal more day-to-day business experience than he, so I see an opportunity to change the economy…and change it pretty rapidly in food enterprises.
Even think I know how to do it!
The previous post on An Enterprise Ethic starts to publish some of the work over the past three years that has helped solidify my reputation as a loser.