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In Distrust of Movements

In Distrust of Movements

March 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Wendell Berry
The legions of health-food shoppers and the interminable discussions of sustainability bear witness to what is by now a well-established feature of our cultural landscape: the organic movement. But Wendell Berry, one of the most influential champions of the cause, turns his pen (and his plow) against the seductive idea that what is properly a way of being can be re-branded and shrink-wrapped into a movement.
Cultural confidence and the liberal death wish

Cultural confidence and the liberal death wish

February 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Frits Bolkestein
In a selection from his forthcoming book The Intellectual Temptation, former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein suggests that an academic obsession with abstract theory over hard-won experience lies behind our political and cultural crises. Bolkestein takes us from centralization through multiculturalism to cultural self-flagellation: ideals - or ideologies - that define the landscape of contemporary Western Europe.