The Hind Tit

Andrew Nelson Lytle’s essay “The Hind Tit” is quite possibly the finest essay on the American condition I have ever read, and I knew someday 5ptsalt.com would share it with the rest of the world. If you love American history – and even if you don’t – you will (I take that back, you may) both enjoy and benefit from Lytle’s colorful, unique Southern insight as to how American society has regressed to being in a voluntary slave state – as opposed to a free people. Either way, it will make you think, a divinely ordained activity sorely lacking today. By the way, I do hope you have realized by now that we are not politically correct. 🙂  Warning: If you read this, you may no longer claim ignorance! I have read this essay at least a dozen times over the past few years, and I still never tire of it. Enjoy, and you can thank me later…unless of course, you get all upset over truth. – JT

If you need a quick summary as to what you are about to get into, here it is:

In his essay, “The Hind Tit,” Lytle uses the metaphor of a runt piglet whose only option is to suck on the small hind tit of the sow. The runt has to work twice as hard to get nourishment, because it is pushed out of the best positions where the most milk is, and the hind tit does not offer much milk to drink without a lot of effort. The runt pig is the small farmer, who being force to participate in the cash economy, finds himself squeezed out and deprived of his natural birthright. This essay reads like a novel, which is what one would expect from a writer like Lytle. It is the story about the life on the small farm, before and after its “modernising.” Even though the essay was written over seventy years ago, “The Hind Tit” is compelling, because, by providing a benchmark, it clearly shows what we had lost. Lytle’s narrative and arguments provide further support that American society has not progressed towards a free nation, but rather has regressed into an appalling slave state. (source)

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