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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-21-10 08:32 AM
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4. Idylic pastoralism is wonderful in theory,
In practice it is impossible. If everybody moved back to the land, then you would have massive commuter problems because people would have to work in order to bring in cash. More traffic, more pollution.

Furthermore, there simply isn't enough arable land. On average, assuming most folks are omnivores, a couple needs ten acres to raise enough food for themselves. That means that we need 1.5 billion acres to fulfill this need. Given that there is a total of 1.2 billion acres total in this country, you simply won't be able to fit everybody onto the land.

You're right, it is easier to survive hard economic times in the country than in the city. But frankly, for those of us already out here, we don't want to see a flood of newcomers invading the area. That's why we moved out here, we like the quiet and solitude, and the fact that it is rural areas that are providing refuges for many species of animals and plants. If you open the floodgates, you're going to get a massive wave of complete idiots coming out here, with their noise, pollution and idiocy, and this last natural refuge in our country will disappear completely.
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