Category Archives: Manifestoes

Stuff I was pretty darn sure about when I wrote it.


Cheap poetry: A manifesto

Last Monday was my daughter’s birthday, and the Birthday Troll came again this year, in the night, to steal her presents, hide them in the woods, and leave riddles as clues to their whereabouts. He’s like Santa Claus for curmudgeons, … Continue reading

Posted in Manifestoes | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

The solar woodshop, explained

These days it’s all green this and renewable that, solar houses and electric cars and trains that run on cow farts. Well, look, my woodshop runs on solar energy, too. My daughter drew this diagram to show you all how … Continue reading

Posted in Examples, Manifestoes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Eightfold Agrarian Way

The “Eightfold Agrarian Way” is an outline of an agrarian philosophy for the twenty-first century. It is both a catalog and a prescription: a catalog, because it began as an attempt to find the common ground in three thousand years … Continue reading

Posted in Agrarianism, Manifestoes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Why I don’t like the metric system

For the benefit of Canadians, Jacobins, progressives, engineers, and stuck-up stickybeaks of all stripes, I herein explain why the metric system is inferior to traditional systems of measurement for those who work with their hands, think with their right brains, … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Favorites, Manifestoes | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The Halfway Homestead

For several years, since we were first married, Kathy and I planned a future in which we would buy more land where we could have big gardens, livestock, pasture, barns, a workshop, and a bigger house. At one time, we … Continue reading

Posted in Manifestoes | Tagged , , | Leave a comment