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Friday, August 31, 2007

Go back to the Middle Ages, Hippie!

Imagine an egalitarian world in which all food is organic and local, the air is free of industrial pollution, and vigorous physical exertion is guaranteed. Sound idyllic?

But hold on... Life expectancy is 30 at most; many children die at or soon after birth; life is constantly lived on the edge of starvation; there are no doctors or dentists or modern toilets. If it is egalitarian it is because everyone is dirt poor, and there is no industrial pollution because there are no factories. Food is organic because there are no pesticides or high technology farming methods. As a result, producing food means long hours of back-breaking physical work which may end up yielding little.

There is - or at least was - such a place. It is called the past.

Whole thing.

via Hit and Run


Blogger tpotdomescandal said...

Obviously, a technical error eliminated the text from this post. Still, I just like having a post that says, "Go back to the Middle Ages, Hippie," even if there is no context.

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