Friday May 5th 2017Tim
difference between rural and urban can be understood in
the phrase "Town Air Makes You Free." A New World
Marxist analysis would use the phrase "The Liquidity of
Modernity." Which is a sound-bite that attempts to
summarize several beautifully written sentences in the
Communist Manifesto. In short, rural life is slow paced,
its rules are steadfast and stubborn, it's beliefs
unchallenged which means that more in the world is
certain. Urban life is fast paced, anything becomes
possible, the rules that tie communities are there to be
challenged which means that less in the world is
certain, and I guess some might call it freedom.
When the two
clash it's like an elderly Sloth meeting a juvenile
Chimpanzee, the chances of mutual cooperation are remote.
More recently in the USA Urban places tend to vote
Democratic, rural places tend to vote Republican. In the
middle are tracts of land that remain confused, they cling
to the rural and earn their living in the urban. Call them
three tribes, understand their allegiances as having a
material genesis and you're well on your way to saying
crack-pot things like "A rising tide lifts all boats."
The more accurate understanding is that if we people are
boats most of us have holes in our hulls. The question is, Do We
Care? The answer, Probably Not! But much more important than
wise answers, is the fight, it bonds us to each other and
always has done. Worth remembering, fights that obey rules
are less destructive.