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Ludi wrote:"Small farmers" sure sounds better than "peasants!"
With our increased knowledge of lower-labor farming techniques, the life of the small farmer could be considerably easier than it used to be, especially if these farmers weren't supporting a large population of non-farming people.
Still, not the easy life of driving to the grocery store for the microwave dinner, though...
MonteQuest wrote:I own 212 acres in NW Missouri. A small farm I grew up on with my grandparents. I loved getting up to milk the cows, gather the eggs, pump the drinking water from the well. We had 22 cats for the mice, and dogs for the rats. Spread the baryard manure and chicken house droppings on the fields. We ate well, worked hard, and had a better life for it.
vision-master wrote:I'm glad my parents came from the depression. I can do without as long as I have some good whiskey & fine pipe tobacco on hand.
In America looking historically, Americans can only be moved in times of crises. The American Civil War, the First, and especially the Second World War. Americans have done remarkable turn rounds in their behavior when they were aware of what really was at stake.
Snowstorm wrote:In America looking historically, Americans can only be moved in times of crises. The American Civil War, the First, and especially the Second World War. Americans have done remarkable turn rounds in their behavior when they were aware of what really was at stake.
In those cases they temporarily changed their behavior, those crises were of a different nature than what's coming. They knew that if the war was won, they could go back to their former habits, so their worldview wasn't really changed. They could temporarily change to win the war while still believing in material progress. I don't think many Americans will voluntarily change to a lower material standard of living as a permanent strategy, that does require a turnaround in their outlook, and not only are people resistant to that kind of change, they're being assaulted with advertising propaganda daily telling them to consume more and more. The vast majority of Americans will change only when nature forces them to.
CrudeAwakening wrote:Not according to the evidence of the past thirty years, anyway.
Powerdown will only come when it is forced upon us.
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