I watched Boondock Saints last night for the first time. Excellent movie. Highly recommended. * * * * * * * Farmers, you’re irrelevant. Just ask the people in Boston and San Francisco. Midwesterners, you suck. Just ask the molders of public opinion in NYC and LA. Rural folk, you don’t matter. Just look at the 2012 election returns. It’s not a good situation, but at least a few people are taking notice of this terribly-backward situation. “Without small-town and rural America, the cities would not – could not – exist. At some point, we may have to remind our urban neighbors just how relevant we are to them.” Amen to that. * * * * * * * Of course, if we started holding back the food,
Stalin the federal government would just come take it, possibly leaving the kulaks rural dwellers to starve. * * * * * * * Correction to something I wrote on Saturday: Greary doesn’t lay the blame for nationalist myths on the Enlightenment. He blames philologists of the 18th-19th centuries. I’m pretty sure he accepts the idea that the nationalist ideas started with monarchs attempting to consolidate power in the immediately-preceding centuries, but I might be projecting de Jouvenel’s observations. I haven’t had a chance to go back and re-read.
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