Introducing Episode Five – Urban vs Rural

This week we talk about the dream (for many many anarchists) of moving “back to land” and how it has worked out for those who have done it. Wouldn’t getting away from all the shit be great? What is that shit? Are there more fun anarchist activities happening there rather than here? Or is it in fact the opposite? Are the libraries, cafes, and protests worth the high rent and commuting? Is getting work even possible in the country any more? We talk about the dream, the reality and what happens when the things fall apart!

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4 Replies to “Introducing Episode Five – Urban vs Rural”

  1. Cliche’ homesteader

    What I find slightly frustrating about the urban vs rural thing (in general) is that when I was younger I moved to “the big city” that people from the coasts regard as a small town in the middle of no where. Like, the big city aesthetics here means someone wears new carhartts that actually fit them.

    If there’s more than 50k people and ten story buildings, it’s very urban to me.

    The great thing about these mid-size/ small cities are that there’s usually a cheap as heck outskirt that’s relatively rural and a quick bike ride to downtown with a decent punk scene.

    I’m interested in hearing some discussion about the areas that blur the lines of urban and rural- not successful suburbs, but the townships that have not been totally swallowed by urban sprawl because their stubbornly attached to their rural aesthetic/ lifestyle.

    I probably won’t have time to listen in real time or call in this afternoon. Very interesting topic!

  2. Nettle

    I enjoyed this episode & lurking in the chat.

    Just wanted to comment on the article you mentioned at the start about C02 being at an historic low after the slaughter of the Native Americans.
    I too was surprised people thought it was news because I had read about this in a book published in 2016. It was in the context of deciding when the Holocene ends and the Anthropocene begins. The year 1610 is put forth as this dividing line because it is the low point in a decades long decrease of C02 in the atmosphere as measured by artic ice cores. The people doing this measuring deduced that it must be because of the genocide in the Americas.
    Now, make fun of Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz all you want, but the notion that the Anthropocene (or Plantationocene or Capitalocene) has genocide as its starting point seems to me to be a notion to ponder.
    I mean, it puts the lie to this whole generation beef between boomers & millennials don’t you think, since this shit been happening for very much longer.

  3. Last Train

    This is a great topic especially from an anarchist perspective. Which is a better place to organize and raise consciousness?
    I give a second vote for small cities . It is the closest thing to a Community in the US. Quality of life is better.People are happier/friendlier. They take time to wave and talk with each other.
    The suburban/suburban fringe/city line has blurred.So what is urban is not as clear in the past.
    However, real estate developers see the empty plot of rural land and want to put in housing developments (without sidewalks) and three story apartments. Plus mini-cities with offices, retail, and houses. All so nice looking and stagnant. Farms are being bought out for developments.

    The regional boundaries (north/South & east/west) probably have a greater impact than urban/rural.
    Interesting it is urban/rural that plays a big part in US elections.

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