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5.0 out of 5 stars A good explanation of the appeals of Blood and Soil, 27 Jun 2010
This review is from: Story of a Norfolk Farm (Hardcover)
Today it is often forgotten that the Soil Association and the organic/environmental movement were often the same people who followed Mosley and Hitler with their ideas of 'blood and soil'. We may wonder at why so many did.

This book is an excellent reminder. Williamson seems to have been an essentially decent guy who was a bit of a dreamer, loved 'nature' and was enraged at what he saw as the destruction of the environment at the hands of what he termed "finance-industrialism" and what today we would call corporations. He became intrigued by the answers offered by the British Union of Fascists and the organic movement (Jorian Jenks, Mosley's secretary of agriculture was a founder member of the Soil Association and edited its journal, Mother Earth, from beginning until 1963. They preached that to save the nation from the perils of industrialism, a return to locally grown, organic food was essential (see "From The Ground Up" by Jorian Jenks, or for a review of the era Philip Conford's "The Origins of the Organic Movement" is also highly recommended).

Read without moral judgment as much as you can. I think Williamson was a lover of nature who sadly saw a fascist version of environmentalism as an answer after attending the 1935 Nuremberg Rally (and witnessing the 'well fed German boys and girls' - Williamson, "The Phoenix Generation"). That he was mistaken is obvious - the point today is to be equally alert to fascist aesthetics (e.g. Avatar) without losing our sense of ecological responsibilities.
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