Now that I’ve got a bit of a break in work and school, and with not much happening on the farm, I’ve decided to dive back in for a while. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up a daily blogging schedule, so I’m hoping to add a feature that will permit readers to subscribe, to enable them to receive notifications by email when something new has been added. I’m also hoping to make the site more visually attractive. Any suggestions for improvements will be much appreciated.
While I will still use this as a platform for my anarchoagrarianpaleoconservativechristianlibertarianism, I’ll also occasionally just write about the farm, and our modest effort at sustainable self-reliant living. Do check our farm website from time to time, as I update the News from White Flint, and add to our Wendell Berry and Food for Thought pages.
Scanning back over my posts is interesting, in light of the events of the past few months. In my very first post, on May 29, 2008, I applauded Virgil Goode for voting against the so-called Farm Bill. It turns out that that vote was one of the major reasons he was defeated for reelection.
On June 10, I noted that the national debt then exceeded $9.4 trillion. Now, a mere seven months later, it is well over $10. 6 trillion, with Congress and the new administration fully resolved to borrow trillions more.
A few days later I ranted about the crushing private debt in America, and pointed out that a massive real estate bubble had been created, and that it must “eventually and painfully burst.”
On July 16, I complained bitterly about the Fannie/Freddie bailouts, and argued that our nation was following Hayek’s road to serfdom. That outrageous bailout has since been dwarfed by a seemingly unending series of bailouts and so-called stimulus packages, all funded by debt or newly printed phony money—making the collapse of the currency, and our national bankruptcy, inevitable.
And of course I posted frequently about the horrific state of agriculture and food supply in America.
In November Americans demanded “change” and resoundingly rejected the disastrous policies of the past eight years. Doing so was certainly justified. But sadly, to quote Pete Townsend’s lyric: “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” Unfortunately, the “change” we’re getting will be mostly cosmetic. We can expect more irresponsible borrowing and spending, more taxation, more foreign interventionism, continued indifference to illegal immigration, and less liberty. As I wrote on July 24, “At this point it is clear that our next President will be a mega-government, tax-borrow-and-spend interventionist, who will be complicit in the continued erosion of our liberties and the ultimate bankruptcy of our nation.” I didn’t know then whether the winner would be Mr. Obama, or Mr. McCain. It didn’t matter.
Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, Mr. Obama selected Tom Vilsack to be his Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, is a corporate hack, Monsanto lap-dog, and frankenfood cheerleader. Change, indeed.
But that’s enough politics for now. While I’m sure I won’t be able to resist the ocassional political rant, I’m going to try to make them infrequent.
Comments are always welcome.