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  •  Imaginary Self Sufficiency (13+ / 0-)

    Hardly any farms were ever self-sufficient. The corn might have kept growing, but you can't eat just corn. Farmers have always traded to get the rest of what they need. During the Great Depression the economy made it harder or impossible to trade for all they needed. Meanwhile in cities the greater diversity of supplies and skills let people survive.

    All of which is demonstrated by the great migrations from farms to cities.

    There is very little need for guns today. Except in the imagination of people who dream they've lost a mythical self-sufficiency they've never had. The gun industry, in partnership with the media's fear industry, gives them the dream of empowerment by guns to replace all the other real power they've lost through more effective interdependencies, which is smokescreened by the imaginary loss of self-sufficiencies they never had.

    BTW, the American farming system has always been dependent on public subsidy. From the beginning when whole nations were genocided and ecosystems destroyed to make way for colonists, through government irrigation, government electricity, government telephones, government roads, government price stabilizations, government research, and even government subsidized large agricorps buying out family farms. These farms were never self-sufficient in any way.

    Except for those tribal people who farmed for millennia. And we know what all the gun carrying did to them.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 06:46:36 PM PDT

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