Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is

In a time when it is the fashion to propose amendments to the Constitution, I would like to propose an amendment requiring (1) that when war breaks out the president and all consenting members of his administration as well as all consenting legislators, whatever their ages, should immediately be enrolled as privates in combat units; and (2) that for the duration of any war all executives and shareholders of corporations contributing to the war effort should be restricted to the same annual income as the workers in their factories–no sacrifice being too great in a time of national peril.

–Wendell Berry, “Letter to Daniel Kemmis,” in The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays (2005), p. 148.

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