I would say that the most current crises of CoVid and the Riots should be the final nail in the coffin if you have not already seen the writing on the wall. Life in large cities is just not a good life for humans, it is no longer necessary to make a good living and truthfully it just keeps getting worse.
And as the title indicates as bad as they are, they really are not the final straw as that really fell long ago. Large scale high density cities are in my view at best a failed experiment and at worst one of the primary methods of controlling a population. I recently discussed aspects of this in a recent episode where I compared cities to ticks, in that they are a resource sink.
Some on social media thought this was an attack on people in cities, it was not, it was an attack on the system of cities themselves. When you treat a person in any unnatural way they behave in an unnatural manner, not unlike what happens when tourists ignore the signs that say, “do not feed the bears”.
Join Me Today as We Discuss…
- Why did men create cities?
- To centralize power
- To centralize production
- To justify taxation
- How have humans traditionally lived for most of out history
- Small settlement
- Population was highly controlled though various means
- Any space not in a controlled territory was considered “common”
- Wars were rare and always short
- Resource use was not exceeded
- Disasters were naturally mitigated
- Why do people live in cities today
- The most common reason is really being born there
- The next most common reason is “opportunity”
- What you really get from cities
- Less freedom (in life and business)
- More taxes
- Lower air quality
- More pollution in general
- Less wild life
- Greater risk of disease
- More violent crime
- What are the options for “getting out of the city”
- The Urban Rural Fringe (Nine Mile Farm)
- The true small town (Shabogeanville)
- Way out here (the sticks ala Josh Thompson)
- Only you can know what is right for you
- What one solution may look like that can be duplicated
- Small settlements that reclaim old towns or create new ones
- Economies are built on a local first mindset
- Common areas tend to be “wild”
- Managed common areas are managed by volunteers
- Communities have a planned maximum size
- Communities trade first with other communities before the rest of the world
- The truth is that idea is great, there are many great ideas, but don’t wait on any, take action
- The lesson in how many blame others for lack of action compared to being a prisoner of war attempting escape
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