In the rhetoric of many farm
spokesmen, farming as a business is disguised as farming as a way of life.
. . . Alongside the small independent farmer, a new breed of men might
come onto the land, men who never were owners and do not expect to be,
men who, like factory employees, manage and work the big machines. Then
farming would take its place, not as the center of a social world as formerly,
but as one national industry among other intricate, rationalized departments
of production In the meantime, farming is less a morally ascendant
way of life than an industry; appreciation of the family farm as a special
virtue producing unit in a world of free men is today but a nostalgic mood
among deluded metropolitan people. Moreover, it is an ideological veil
for larger business layouts whose economic ally and ultimate victim the
politically dependent farmer may well become (White Collar:
The American Middle Classes, 1951, 44).