Dateline: 14 February 2014
In My Previous Blog Post I wrote a review about the introductory chapter of Allan C. Carlson’s new book, The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays. With agrarianism in mind, I thought the introductory chapter was excellent. But Chapter 1 (titled, Creative Destruction) was not what I expected.
“The new capitalist economic order and the welfare state grow together. Each picks up functions from the ever-diminishing family household. Business starts by taking over the production of clothes and shoes; it ends by absorbing family meals (e.g., fast food) and home cleaning (e.g., Merry Maids). The government begins by acquiring education and claiming child protection; it ends by giving care to all who cannot work: the elderly, the sick, preschool children; and even newborns.”
Nevertheless, the book does address the family, and families are a fundamental part of any agrarian revival. So I can say that, even though this book is not what I expected (maybe I was hoping too much), it still interests me. I have a lot of respect for Allan Carlson’s insights and the principled, countercultural stand he often takes. So I’m going to continue to read the book and glean what I can from it. And I will continue my report in the next installment of this blog.
Click Here to read Part 3 of this book review.