[FoRK] Re: An armed society... (freakin' Canada.)

J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at ceruleansystems.com> on Thu Sep 20 12:10:49 PDT 2007

On Sep 20, 2007, at 11:19 AM, Kevin Elliott wrote:
> I think this is one of the interesting America/European  
> differences.  I don't believe that US subsidies are supported by  
> "farm life" utopianism.  They're an artifact of the federal system  
> and the power of the midwest.  I don't think anybody in the US is  
> naive enough anymore to think American corn farmers are living in  
> some sort of pastoral paradise.  Of course, Europes are more  
> supported by pastoral dreams.

I think the popularity and growth of hobby farm properties somewhat  
contradicts the idea that Americans do not romanticize farm life.   
City slickers playing farmer or rancher is a popular past-time.  
Completely silly of course, since hobby farms are Disneyland versions  
of the real thing and they lack the primary lifestyle benefit of real  
farms and ranches -- being far away from everyone else.

J. Andrew Rogers

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