I’m Offended!1!!!™

guess that means I’m Right, huh?

From the NYT, the “leader” in “thought”. They’re all “concerned” about the lagging economy in the Rural areas. They’re super worried about what they can do to “fix” this for those poor dumb undereducated redneck white boobs farmers and ruralites.

What if nothing really works? Is there really no option but to do nothing and, as some have suggested, return depopulated parts of rural America to the bison?


“The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy”
Because without the “help” of Our Betters™, we dumfukz Out Here in TehCountry© will just sit here and starve — like those in DeeTroit and Dayton.

Oh, please take pity and help us, Oh Wize Ones.

The most helpful policy for people in small towns could be to relax zoning rules in dense cities like New York and San Francisco, so that more affordable housing could be built to receive newcomers from rural Wisconsin or Kentucky, and they wouldn’t need the income of an investment banker or a computer scientist to afford to live there.

cuz, Of Course all humans gotta be in a city — an agglomeration — to be useful. [yep - that's their new word: "agglomeration.". It means MegaCities or Urban Sprawl.]

Yanno who else likes this idea – albeit for somewhat different reasons? Why yes, China.

“the greatest potential for expanding domestic demand lies in urbanization … By moving farmers from the rural regions into urban environments, the country hopes to become a visible powerhouse in the global economy …”

Farmer 'moved' to Teh Big City. weeeee.

Let’s see how these compare, shall we?

As Enrico Moretti [clearly one of Our Betters™] of the University of California, Berkeley, points out, a successful strategy to draw innovative firms away from mega-clusters to small-town America would reduce overall innovation. “If you put a tech company in a place like rural Indiana, it will be vastly less productive than if you put it in a tech cluster,” …

Yep. Same Plan – lightly different bullshitte faux economic rationalizations.

Because tech companies are completely reliant on in-person, real-time contact and cannot — possibly, at all — use, say, their smartfones or the InnarToobs to keep up with one another. Clearly that’s why everyone using/inventing the DARPANet was forced to stay in the same room, see…
[oh, wait. BTNIN.]

Here’s the crowning para, abounding with self-satisfied presentism, localism and there is no valid experience but MY experience”-ism and “there are no facts except MY feeeelings“-ism; completely bereft of any actual empathy or even recognition that there exists such a thing as Other People who are not like you. So, un-Diverse.

And if today’s polarized politics are noxious, what might they look like in a country perpetually divided between diverse, prosperous liberal cities and a largely white rural America in decline? As Mr. Galston warned: “Think through the political consequences of saying to a substantial portion of Americans, which is even more substantial in political terms, ‘We think you’re toast.’ ”

Them sounds like Fightin’ Words to me. If the people whose future you are planning paid any attention to you whatsoever, you’d likely be in serious trouble, junior.


  1. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 11:18 am |

    Not much of a Five Year Plan, if y’ask me.

  2. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 11:26 am |

    The rural trend might have a lot to do with the technology and economics of a lot of modern mass-agriculture (dang cotton an’ rice fields are nigh onto slave-free).
    Arable land gets devoured by urban encroachment, too, thereby accelerating the trend; but then again, farmed land has been shrinking since the 40-acres-and-a-mule days (hence the expansion of US forested area beyond where it was in the late 18thC).

    See also: paved roads and cable internet availability

    Could also be that this whole tech-hub rationalization is driven by executives who know where the hookers and drugs are.

  3. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 11:41 am |

    I find it offensive that, in this world, sarcasts like Claire can be offended.

    On the other hand, no, acutally I’m not all that offended.

  4. OldFert
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm |

    OK. I’m not hep like you kids. What the heck is BTNIN?

  5. jlw
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm |

    yeah, what is it? can’t find it with google or duckduckgo, acronym finder never heard of it.

  6. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 3:47 pm |

    4^ 5^
    BTNIN? What is it?
    It’s a cool-kids’ shorthand, but that’s not important now

  7. dave drake
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 7:45 pm |

    Your captions kill me.
    “Farmer ‘moved’ to Teh Big City. weeeee.”

  8. Jess
    Posted December 15, 2018 at 8:19 pm |

    They’re worried. They should be. Rural areas don’t have Starbucks, and techies can’t function without Starbucks. Productivity would go to hell, and Xanax stock would be a good investment.

  9. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted December 16, 2018 at 9:52 am |

    And if today’s polarized politics are noxious, what might they look like in a country perpetually divided between diverse, prosperous liberal cities and a largely white rural America in decline?

    Says the guy who can’t seem to realize that white rural America produces the food that keeps his diverse, prosperous city from turning to diverse forms of cannibalism in about six weeks.

    Just keep talking smack about those hicks there, bub, and then see what happens when they all change their names to Galt…

  10. MikeAZ
    Posted December 16, 2018 at 10:56 am |


    Thank you kindly for your concern. No, really, we mean it. Honestly we didn’t think you ever gave a thought to any of us “fly-over country” hicks, so to know you’re worried now touches a “special” part in us, kinda like a social disease.

    You want to REALLY help?

    Shut the hell up and go away! You’ve ruined some pretty good places over the years with your pissing and moaning, including most of the east and west coasts. Now, as the oceans draw more and more vermin to those diseased nests that used to be pretty nice places to live, as taxes go up and freedoms go away, as regulation after noxious regulation is heaped on the slumping shoulders of the workers who are too dumb to realize that they’re becoming more of an endangered species every day, YOU want to help US!

    I guess it’s true that misery loves company. Look at the flow of the less financially capable Socialists as they leave their fetid sewers and bring their need to regulate and enchain those of us who live in the real world. Wonderful parts of the inland states (not pointing fingers, but Colorado comes to mind,) are becoming new Socialist havens for the college educated pukes who, sadly, just don’t know any better. Eight years of Johnny has Two Mommies and use any bathroom you choose, four more years of Liberal teachers pounding their message into those famous “skulls full of mush,” then four or more years of full-time Socialist indoctrination as they go deeper and deeper into crushing debt because someone convinced them that they’d never be any more than a worthless hillbilly without a college degree.

    We should build the wall from Yuma north to the Canadian border and keep those refugees out of the real world.

  11. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted December 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm |

    Oh, by the way,
    we’re diverting more water from agriculture so that we city folk can hose the feces off our sidewalks.

  12. Drew458
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:12 am |

    Not mentioned, but probably a root cause: move the farmbillies to the big cities and you’ve moved a bunch of conservatives into a hive of socialists. Their voices and votes will be drowned out. Not to mention that the “red” areas will then shrink in political power and visibility.