I mention poverty specifically because it is an issue that, first of all, is never going away (Mt 26:11). Increasingly, philanthropic organizations working on tough social, economic, and environmental problems in the United States are being asked to reflect on whether they are helping to fix broken systems â or sustain them. This type of healing takes place over generations and centuries, yet we seem to prefer to patch things up with a flashy band-aid (perhaps one printed with our favorite superhero). Surely this is something both Democrats and Republicans, people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and degrees of education can agree upon: Homelessness is not a good thing. I did press the case specifically (but not exclusively) forÂ familyÂ farming â but not patriarchal family farming â in my book because I felt the need to twist the stick in the other direction from the kind of prejudices against it on the left that are all too evident in H&Hâs review, but I welcome visions for non-family based agrarianism, provided that they (a) address the issues of capital formation, capital limitation and capital flow I discussed above, (b) address the fact that domination in human relationships is not restricted to families and will stalk whatever alternative social relations are proposed, and (c) show an entry-level respect for non-domination by not seeking to prevent people from forming family groups and farming in them should they choose. Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. If someone says to you, âThe solution to poverty is...,â and finishes that sentence with a single word, or a single phrase that doesnât include âJesus,â then it's probably safe to stop listening. I confess that my own brief outline of a republican politics of recognition and a public sphere in my book is only another step or two up the ladder of sophistication in this regard, and maybe indeed itâs aÂ deus ex machinaÂ as H&H charge. But then it is also interesting to discover what it is that one should have consulted or discussed at length, yet in the opinion of the reviewer regrettably failed to doâ. Secondly, alleviating poverty (in the broadest sense of that word) is something both church and state have a vested interest in, down to the core of their constitutions. This book is like reading from a teens perspective and how a kid from a poor, dangerous, neighborhood would handle things differently than a kid from a white suburban neighborhood. Iâm sceptical of progressive-modernist ideologies and I donât think theyâll be equal to the challenges of the future, or indeed survive them. This type of healing takes place over generations and centuries, yet we seem to prefer to patch things up with a flashy band-aid (perhaps one printed with our favorite superhero). To me it seems better to discuss this openly rather than simply shooting the messengers who draw attention to the problem. ... We can rarely provide instantaneous answers to their questions and that is because of both the complexity of Chinese law at the national level and because there are seemingly endless legal twists and turns at the local level as well. In that respect, I find the Maoist threat lurking within H&Hâs review title chilling. If we are to have monuments, let us honor those who uplift us and call forth the better angels of our nature. On capital, H&H accurately diagnose that I see the origins of capitalism largely as a product of interstate commercial competition and not so much as a product of rural class relations. I donât share the progressive-modernist underpinnings, but Iâd still like to reach out to many on the left who embrace them because we have much in common. Smaje, however, most certainly isnât: I make the avoidance of Ricardian rent key to the whole rural political economy of my book. 1. Any single one of those issues is a world unto itself. No easy answers: a response to Alex Heffron and Kai Heron By Chris Smaje, originally published by Small Farm Future. These sorts of answers are not necessarily bad, as long as we recognize what they are: Tape over a leak, a means to prevent further or more serious damage. The future situations Iâm anticipating in my book, on the other hand, are where newly emerging and socially pre-differentiated peasantries are seeking leverage within a shrinking and deindustrializing economy under the weakening tutelage of a disintegrating state. We have not yet done the hard work of investigation, diagnosis, or durable repair and reconstruction, and we should not pretend that we have. I want to make my bills. John Plender Add to myFT. Increasingly, the measure of program accountability has been reduced to how well a young child performs on a mandated test. H&H say nothing about how to either generate or limit such capital, and I think this fatally compromises their critique of my approach. 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