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The Best American Essays Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Public Sphere: In Distrust of Movements, Think About It, and Shouting Fire! Summary

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The Public Sphere: In Distrust of Movements, Think About It, and Shouting Fire! Summary and Analysis

In Distrust of Movements by Wendell Berry: Berry criticizes those who think that the environmental problems facing America can be solved by addressing only small facets of it: cleaner water, more efficient manufacturing processes, or better landfill management. While these things are certainly problematic, they are only symptoms of the more fundamental problem. The entire structure of the economy is flawed and as long as it remains, it will continue to exploit and destroy the world's natural resources. The primary problem with the economy is a lack of knowledge; people no longer understand how the goods they depend upon reach them. They do not realize that there is a farmer who has to tend his crops to produce the wheat that...

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