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Occupy San Miguel Screens Bill Moyers Interview of Poet Laureate Wendell Berry


By Jim Carey

May is a good month to relax and enjoy a repeat of a classic: five years ago, Occupy SMA presented a Bill Moyers conversation with Wendell Berry that it’s rescreening in the Quinta Loreto Hotel TV Room on May 6.

Then America’s Poet Laureate, Berry, a quiet and humble man, has become an outspoken advocate for revolution. He urges immediate 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.”

He also presciently said: “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’s failures have become too great and too dangerous to deny, says Berry, citing the fact that it has failed to sustain society’s stability, leaving in its wake destroyed communities, neighborhoods, families, small businesses, and small farms. Nor has it succeeded in conserving the wealth and health of nature, he says.

“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,” says Berry. “The evidence of it is 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.”

“We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it,” says Berry. “And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.”

Come learn more about this great thinker, as Moyers interviews him in a thoughtful, conversational format. As always, all our events are free, with an open discussion occurring after the film.


Meeting and Film

Occupy San Miguel presents

Hope for Humanity: A Bill Moyers

Conversation with Wendell Berry

Mon, May 6, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15, TV room




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