I like Wendell Berry. Have 5 of his books, Given a poetry collection, and then his essay books What are People For?; Our Only World (with a beautiful cover of a woman on a cliffside staring out); and The Way of Ignorance and Other Essays. And then his book on economics, What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth.
There's this one essay in Our Only World called "Less Energy, More Life" that I really love. Here's an excerpt from the beginning of it:
"Like a lot of people I know, I am concerned about mountaintop removal and climate change. But when we delay our concern until dangers have become sensational we are late. Whether or not we are too late is a question that should not interest us. Even if we are too late, we still must accept responsibility and try to make things better.
In fact, mountaintop removal and climate change are not the sort of simple problems that can be solved by what we call problem-solving. They are summary evils gathered up from innumerable causes in the bad economy that we all depend upon and serve.
It is not as though we have not been warned. The advice against waste, extravagance, selfishness, arrogance, falsehood, and willful ignorance is old. But people of religion have generally entrusted questions about economy, about how we live, to economists, and industrialists. Environmentalists seem to think the problems caused by technology can be solved, or "controlled," by more technology or "alternative" technology. People of both kinds seem to think that big problems have big solutions. Both are mistaken."
Speaking of economy, he's a very economical writer, very spare, containing and suggesting so much.