Wendell Berry and his Hopes for Humanity
By Jim Carey
Occupy Wall Street San Miguel presents Bill Moyers’ conversation with Wendell Berry and his hopes for humanity. Wendell Berry, America’s Poet Laureate, has become an outspoken advocate for revolution.
Film and discussion
At the Occupy San Miguel Meeting
Wendell Berry and His Hopes for Humanity
Mon, Dec 15, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
He urges action as he mourns how America has turned its back on the land and rejected
Jeffersonian principles of respect for the environment and sustainable agriculture. Berry warns, “People who own the world outright for profit will have to be stopped; by influence, by power, by us.”
“The two great aims of industrialism—replacement of people by technology and the concentration of wealth into the hands of a small plutocracy—seem close to fulfillment.
Industrialism has failed to sustain the health and stability of human society. Among its characteristic signs are destroyed communities, neighborhoods, families, small businesses, and small farms. It has failed just as conspicuously and more dangerously to conserve the wealth and health of nature.
No amount of fiddling with capitalism to regulate and humanize it, no pointless rhetoric on the virtues of capitalism or socialism, no billions or trillions spent on “defense” of the “American dream,” can for long disguise this failure. The evidences of it are everywhere: eroded, wasted, or degraded soils; damaged or destroyed ecosystems; extinction of species; whole landscapes defaced, gouged, flooded, or blown up; pollution of the whole atmosphere and of the water cycle; “dead zones” in the coastal waters; thoughtless squandering of fossil fuels and fossil waters, of mineable minerals and ores; natural health and beauty replaced by a heartless and sickening ugliness. Perhaps its greatest success is an astounding increase in the destructiveness, and therefore the profitability, of war.
The film is 40 minutes. There is no charge and a discussion will follow. Monday, December 15, 1pm in the Quinta Loreto Hotel, TV room, Loreto 15.