“What we generally have, in other words, is another example of the state, having taken power into its own hands, sitting on those hands until somebody shoves it off. That minorities are protected as much as they are is due mostly to minorities; that individuals have the opportunities they have is due mostly to individuals; that the press has its freedoms is due mostly to the press. The Bill of Rights, we must not forget, was put there not as an instrument of the state for the citizens but as a means of protecting the citizens from the state.”
“The U.S. may be a world leader in agricultural exports, but the Netherlands — a country two-thirds the size of West Virginia — ranks high on the list, as well. How can this tiny country compete with the third-largest country in the world?
The answer is “protected culture.” In Andrew Mefferd’s new book, “The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture,” he describes protected culture as the practice of growing plants in a structure designed to protect them from environmental stresses and improve the growing environment.”
And, in honor of National Donut Day:
“Many of us know we need to rethink economics, but Kate Raworth actually did it. Envisioning the economy as a doughnut, two boundaries become clear. If we fall into the doughnut’s middle hole, human needs fail to be met. If we drop off of the outer edge, life is unsustainable.”