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By Wendell Berry

Citizenship papers, n 1. fabrics ready for presentation to experts whilst making an software for citizenship. 2. records provided as facts of citizenship.

There are these in the United States this day who appear to think we needs to audition for our citizenship, with "Patriot" provided because the badge for these stumbled on narrowly important. allow this booklet stand as Wendell Berry’s program, for he's a type of trustworthy, dedicated critics estimated by way of the Founding Fathers to be the life’s blood and extremely way forward for the kingdom they imagined. Adams, Jefferson and Madison may have came upon nice readability in his prose and nice wish in his imaginative and prescient. And today’s readers might be moved and inspired by means of his anger and his refusal to give up within the face of determined odds. Books get written for every type of purposes, and this booklet was once written out of necessity.

Citizenship Papers collects nineteen new essays, from celebrations of exemplary lives to evaluations of yank existence, together with "A Citizen’s reaction [to the recent nationwide safeguard Strategy]"—a ringing name of warning to a country status on the point of international catastrophe.

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But that is not what we are doing in the United States today. What we are doing, as we prepare for and prosecute wars allegedly for national defense, is squandering in the most prodigal manner the natural and human resources of the nation. At present, in the face of declining finite sources of fossil fuel energy, we have virtually no energy policy, either for conservation or for the development of safe and clean alternative sources. At present, our energy policy simply is to use all that we have.

I mean such things as toxic pollution, land destruction, soil erosion, and the destruction of biological diversity, and of the degradation of ecological supports of agriculture. To anybody with a normal concern for health and sanity, these “externalized costs” are terrible and are terrifying. I don’t wish to make light of the threats and dangers that now confront us. There can be no doubt of the reality of terrorism as defined and understood by “The National Security Strategy,” or of the seriousness of our situation, or of our need for security.

The failure belongs inescapably to all of these religions insofar as they have been warlike, and to acknowledge this failure is the duty of all of them. It is the duty of all of them to see that it is wrong to destroy the world, or risk destroying it, to get rid of its evil. It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them.

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