Saturday, March 05, 2005

Weekend Reading

Make Your Heart Glad

Learn home to make Blueberry, Blackberry, Gooseberry and other kinds of backwoods wines on this article called Wonderfull Wilderness Wines.

Rick's Blog

I always enjoy reading the Dry Creek Chronicles . Stop by and see whats new. There is a good post called "Many hands make light work" from which I bring this little Quote.........

Often when the issue of agrarian living is raised, the first response (if it isn't a scornful laugh) is an apprehensive question: does everybody have to live on a farm? The comforting answer is usually: of course not, even an agrarian society needs bankers and printers and merchants; just think of, say, Colonial Williamsburg. What generally isn't mention is that for every family living a non-farming life in town, there were nineteen families living on farms out of town. There may be no relationship between that nineteen-to-one ratio in agrarian America, i.e. that the work of agrarian America was farm work, and the fact that community thrived there. But the possibility can't be rejected out of hand.


Draught Horse Press now has Books on Agrarianism and Books on Simple Living. They also carry one of my favorites by Jim West called Drinking with Calvin and Luther! A History of Alcohol in the Church .


This is a good article by Salatin called Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal. I feel his pain, being me seems to be criminal.


At 3/06/2005 3:18 PM, Blogger trawlerman said...

I'm glad to see you blogging after a short hiatus.
I, too, am a frequent reader of Rick Saenz' blog.

If you haven't come across it yet, you should read Chesterton's (and also Belloc, too) ideas of what he calls Distributism.

Here's some of Chesterton's own writings:
Chesterton on DistributismHere's a site dedicated to Distributism:
A Distributist PageFrom the above page: "Distributism is a little-known worldview that ought to be more popular. It is the philosophy of Jeffersonian agrarianism: a nation of small, independent landowners, craftsmen and merchants with the interest in and the economic ability to take part in civic life. It is something done *by* people, and not *to* people. As such, it has an inherent hatred for the state-controlled aspects of socialism, and the plutocrat-controlled aspects of capitalism. "Small Government and Small Business!" is the rallying cry of the Distributist."

The claim that Distributism and Jeffersonian Agrarianism are one and the same is a large stretch for me, but the site is still worth looking at despite this large claim. Distributism is a type of Agragarianism that cannot be easily dismissed and should be heartily chewed upon.

And, if you're feeling really ambitious, you can check out Chesterton's own The Outline of Sanity.

I would suggest copying and pasting the whole thing into a word processor and putting it into a font and format that's a little bit easier on the eyes, printing it out and putting it in a binder.
(but, for the record, I'll admit that I haven't read the whole thing pretty much precisely because I haven't done what I just reccomended).

"Now I am one of those who believe that the cure for centralization
is decentralization. It has been described as a paradox.
There is apparently something elvish and fantastic about saying
that when capital has come to be too much in the hand of the few,
the right thing is to restore it into the hands of the many."
-G.K. Chesterton

From the Draught Horse Press Agraraian Books Page:
"Christian foes of agrarianism never tire of pointing out that the New Jerusalem is portrayed in scripture as a garden-city."

I would never classify myself as an enemy of agrarianism (I think of myself as an agrarian-minded individual living in an urban context), but I, too, never tire of pointing out that the New Jerusalem is portrayed in scripture as a garden-city. There is a type of Biblical Urbanism and I do get up-in-arms when anyone tries to deny this.

I don't know when the next time we'll be making it down to Binghamton, but I sure hope there's a bottle of Blue Banner Brew waiting for me.


At 3/06/2005 3:45 PM, Blogger reformed farmer said...

I fail to see how the "garden-city" thing is a blow to agrarianism. Do you presupose some kind of high tech post modern filthy city? One can be an agrarian and live in the city....though I can't for the life of me know why any one would want to. The very concept of "garden city" seems to point to something different than modern urbanism. I can see a city that has a close localized economy and practices agrarian economics. Of course I think the cities will house the minority of folks. Most of us will be in the country!

I have read Chesterton's works on Distributism. I started reading his stuff after your wife gave me a link to his cheese writings!

Hope to be drinking beer with you soon brother John.


At 3/07/2005 12:22 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Scott! It is good to see you back on the computer! I was missing you! I had pretty much given up checking your blog-only to find when I decided to chance it, I had missed several new ones! It is good to have you back!

At 3/07/2005 4:57 PM, Blogger Matt said...

The best book that I've read concerning the garden-city concept isn't even mine. It's called Angles in the Arithmatic, borrowed to me by my good friend, Alawishis. Our esteemed collegue Mr.Jones notes "So right alongside the pattern iemphasizing the wicked origins of hte city, we can find hte contrary. In the end, the path from Genesis to Revalation is the path from garden to city. This is quite significant."

Dt 28 Blessed shalt thou be in the CITY, and blessed shalt thou be in the FIELD

Thankfully, the City of Jeruselum is nothing like NYC.

Mr.Trawlerman, you'll be comforted to know that a prudent amount of fine Lager is waiting for your glorious comsumption.


Post a Comment

<< Home