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By Frederick L. Kirschenmann

Author note: Constance L. Falk (Editor]

Theologian, educational, and third-generation natural farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural philosopher. within the final thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the foundations of sustainability and has turn into a legend in his personal right.

Cultivating an Ecological judgment of right and wrong: Essays from a Farmer thinker files Kirschenmann's evolution and his lifelong contributions to the recent agrarianism in a set of his maximum writings on farming, philosophy, and sustainability. operating heavily with agricultural economist and editor Constance L. Falk, Kirschenmann recounts his highbrow and non secular trip. In a distinct mix of non-public background, philosophical discourse, religious ruminations, and functional suggestion, Kirschenmann interweaves his insights with dialogue of latest agrarian subject matters. This assortment serves as a useful source to agrarian students and introduces readers to an agricultural pioneer whose paintings has profoundly stimulated sleek pondering food.

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Nor can it be argued that advanced technology expands the range of options. What­ ever its power to create new options in theory, in practice industrial technology has developed according to the princi­ ple of radical monopoly, as Ivan Illich calls it, whereby new technologies effectively eliminate older technologies even when the old ones remain demonstrably more efficient for many purposes. Thus the automobile did not simply add another form of transportation to existing forms; it achieved its preeminence at the expense of canals, railways, streetcars, and horse-drawn carriages, thereby forcing the population 44 1 T H E M I N I M A L SELF to depend almost exclusively on automotive transport even for those purposes for which it is obviously unsuited, such as commuting back and forth to work.

Thus the mass media liberate the working-class house­ wife from parental dictation, enabling her to make her own decisions and to act on her own judgment and taste. " 36 I THE M I N I M A L SEL F According to this view of the "modernization" process, it is the very abundance of choices to which people are now exposed that underlies the malaise of modern man. " Here again we find an explanation of the modern "iden­ tity crisis" that confuses identity with social roles and con­ cludes, rather complacently, that "persistent feelings of dis­ content" are the price people pay for freedom.

Experiments car­ ried out at Western Electric by Elton Mayo and his colleagues at the Harvard Business School-the famous Hawthorne studies-showed how complaints about low wages and excessive supervision could be neutralized by Introduction: Consumption, Narcissism, and Mass Culture I 47 psychiatric counseling and observation. Mayo and his col­ leagues found, or claimed to find, that changes in the physi­ cal conditions of work, wage incentives, and other material considerations had little influence on industrial productiv­ ity.

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