Dateline: 15 February 2014
I am reviewing Allan C. Carlson’s new book, The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays (Click Here if you would like to begin with Part 1 of this series).
“the industrial worker... can and ought to become at least the proprietor of his own residence and garden... which would provide him with produce from his own land.” This alone would render each family “independent of the tricks of the market with its wage and price complexities and its business fluctuations.”
Indeed, Roepke held an almost religious faith in the transformative power of the private garden. As he wrote, the keeping of a family garden “was not only ‘the purest of human pleasures’ but also offers the indispensable natural foundation for family life and the upbringing of children.”
To plan effectively the nation’s future we must foster Jeffersonian principles. We must have slow but democratic decisions, sound local government, diffusion of property-owning, taxation as direct as possible, preservation of civil liberties, payment of debts by the generation incurring them... a stable and extensive agriculture... and, above all, stimulation of self-reliance.”
There are three chapters left in this book. I hope to read and report on them over the next two days.
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