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09 June 2017 @ 08:06 am
Big cities turn you liberal  
Why the farm is a good place to be from
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on June 9th, 2017 06:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent; thanks!

... your <lj-cut> heading doesn't seem to quite fit the context, though, because that article is mostly pointing out ways that the city is a good place to be 'from': horrible traffic, unlivable wages, unaffordable rent, homeless people and armed criminals everywhere, and if the services shut down for even a few days, there'll be widespread disaster.

What 'converts' people to a liberal viewpoint is experiencing first-hand the need for public transit, a livable minimum wage, rent control, gun control, pollution control, public medical care, aid for the indigent and disabled, tenant advocacy, parks and recreation, and - yes - taxes on the rich to pay for it all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said "I like to buy taxes. With them, I buy civilization." A lot of country folk take the attitude of "screw civilization, who needs it?" because they don't want to admit that they need it: that if they were transported back to the Middle Ages or the American Wild West like they fantasize about, their lives would likely be "nasty, brutish and short."

Living in a city, that kind of denial just isn't possible. When a million people have to share a place, the need for civilization becomes glaringly, incessantly obvious.