New TAC blogger Oskar Chomicki wrote about the “Rural Brain Drain” that I wished I have chimed in when it was posted earlier (but inlcuding the link so you all can write in) I have been living in rural areas for the past 14 years so I have a perspective that I wish to add.
Before I do so here are some interesting articles to link to:
Dave Nathan responds to the smear machine’s attacks on some of Glenn Beck’s guests at Lew Rockwell.com
We talk a lot about divisions on the Right but here’s a good article in the left-wing American Prospect magazine about divisions on the Left.
J.J Jackson’s latest: “Discovering Stupidity”
Chuck Baldwin’s latest: “U.S. Troops wearing UN Colors”
Jack Hunter writes about the “Casualties of Diversity” for Takimag.
Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) says war is not conservative on Antiwar.com
The draining of the rural U.S. for the cities has been taking place since the end of the War Between the States. “How can you keep them down on the farm when they’ve seen gay Pairiee?’ That was after World War I and continued on endlessly. Obviously the bright lights, the different things one sees, all the different people are attractions, but for the most part it’s usually about work. This especially became true whenever improvement in farm impliments meant less field workers were needed. Thus they moved to the cities to find work. African-Americans went from being a rural population to an urban one after the invention of the mechanical cotton picker, which created a profound change in culture as well.
While many left, at least there were always those would stick around and farm or work in a small town factory. In this day and age, even that’s not true. Not just mechanization but globalization killed the small farm and the factory. Depopulation has gotten to a crisis stage in the fogotten corners of our states and in the whole Plains. No one is replacing those who’ve left and those who are left are old survivors or retirees and middle aged DINKs who would kill the communities and the towns they live in and the schools rather than pay taxes. It’s no skin off their nose, they just moved there.
I have offered solutions to this problem here and here I have an article in next month’s Chronicles that largely says the same thing. Obviously it’s is going to take a cultural change to make on interested in living a rural lifestyle again further than an hour from the nearest metro area or more so than just trying to get out of the rat race. Those on the right would be better off heading for the forgotten corners and talking about secession than planning more fruitless marches on Washington. But don’t count on country music to lead the way. If country music and musicians of a past generation really did pick cotton, really did work in the mines or had family that did so or really did spend time in jail, that’s obviously going to produce a certain kind of music. This is not to say someone who hasn’t had those experiences can’t write a song about them, but if writers and musicians tend to go with what they know, then what do you think the music written and sung by people who went to college or grew up in suburbia in Charlotte or Atlanta is going to sound like? Turn on your radio sometime, tune a country station and find out for yourself.