Mandeville, LA – The city worker is apt to consider farming under any conditions as being beneath him–an inferior occupation all the way round. The tenant farmer of long standing may regard independent landownership as a status utterly beyond his attainment. Both of these attitudes must be changed if the general redistribution of farm property is to become a fact. The bringing about of such a change constitutes a challenge to every one who holds such an ideal dear . . . .
There must be, in effect, a spiritual rebirth of the mass of the people. There must be a general departure from the social and economic objective of money-making. ‘Progress’ must cease to be the national fetish that it is. Discontent must cease to be ‘divine’ in the popular estimate and come to be regarded as the generally undesirable thing that it is. There must be a new system of social values.
It will be argued that all of this is impossible, that the whole trend of history is to the contrary, that one cannot ‘turn back the hands of the clock.’ Critics offering these arguments may be correct, but they must support their arguments with something more solid than a mixture of Hegelian metaphysics and Marxian economics, or the mysticism of ‘Progress,’ before their contentions are to be taken as finally true. —Troy J. Cauley from Beyond Capitalism & Socialism