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By Wendell Berry

Citizenship papers, n 1. fabrics ready for presentation to professionals while making an software for citizenship. 2. files awarded as facts of citizenship.

There are these in the USA this present day who appear to suppose we needs to audition for our citizenship, with "Patriot" provided because the badge for these chanced on narrowly precious. permit this booklet stand as Wendell Berry’s program, for he's a type of trustworthy, dedicated critics anticipated via the Founding Fathers to be the life’s blood and intensely way forward for the kingdom they imagined. Adams, Jefferson and Madison might have stumbled on nice readability in his prose and nice wish in his imaginative and prescient. And today’s readers may be moved and inspired via his anger and his refusal to give up within the face of determined odds. Books get written for every type of purposes, and this e-book used to be written out of necessity.

Citizenship Papers collects nineteen new essays, from celebrations of exemplary lives to opinions of yankee existence, together with "A Citizen’s reaction [to the recent nationwide safety Strategy]"—a ringing name of warning to a country status near to worldwide catastrophe.

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Those are just two examples of our general indifference to our own needs. We thus are elaborating a direct and surely a dangerous contradiction between our militant nationalism and our espousal of the international “free market” ideology. How are we going to defend our freedoms (this is a question both for militarists and for pacifists) when we must import our necessities from international suppliers who have no concern or respect for our freedoms? What would happen if in the course of a war of national defense we were to be cut off from our foreign sources of supply?

Edmund Burke, On the Revolution in France America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law. —Katharine Lee Bates, “America the Beautiful” To seek for peace by way of war is the same as to seek for chastity by way of fornication. —Anonymous theologian of the first century I. THE NEW “National Security Strategy” published by the White House in September 2002, if carried out, would amount to a radical revision of the political character of our nation.

One might reasonably expect the virtues of stewardship, thrift, self-sufficiency, and neighborliness to receive a certain precedence in the advocacy of political leaders. Since the country, to make itself secure, may be required to rely on itself, one might reasonably expect a due concern for the health and longevity of its soils, forests, and watersheds, its natural and its human communities, its domestic economy, and the natural systems on which that economy inescapably depends. ” This document, ignoring all conflicts, proposes to go straight ahead with both projects: national security, which it defines forthrightly as isolationist, domineering, and violent; and the global economy, which it defines as international humanitarianism.

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