The Witch, Small Towns & Religion: the Sustainable future of the USA?

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The Witch, Small Towns & Religion: the Sustainable future of the USA?

Small Towns & Religion: the Sustainable future of the USA?
JHK's latest book & the challenges of getting there
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JH Kunster has completed the sequel to "World Made by Hand".
It is called, "The Witch of Hebron", and was reviewed this week on Kunstler Cast:

KunstlerCast #123:
The Witch of Hebron* / In-Depth Interview by Peter Golden ( Aug. 26, 2010 )
http://traffic.libsyn.com/kunstlercast/KunstlerCast_123.mp3

Journalist/Author Peter Golden interviews James Howard Kunstler about The Witch of Hebron (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010), the second novel in Kunstler's World Made By Hand series. Without giving away any important plot points, Golden explores the major themes in this autumn story set in a world after the lights have flickered out and the oil has dried up. Topics include: the rule of law, the importance of ritual holidays, and the role of religion in a tight-knit community. In this novel, Kunstler has revealed more about the circumstances that have placed his characters in a world without modernity. Golden ask if Kunstler believes that people are happier in this imagined future than they are in today's high tech world.

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JHK presents a grim view of the future, but in some ways the quality of life and personal relationships improves for those living in small towns, and connected through a religion, or through their social set-up.  People without money have a place in this world.

"the church became the only social structure left to people"

... COMPARE to, KMO's latest podcast on the C-Realm ...

#220 : Red State Blues : The C-Realm talks to Daniel Krotz about Small Towns
http://c-realmpodcast.podomatic.com/enclosure/2010-08-25T18_37_18-07_00.mp3

KMO talks with Daniel Krotz about the paradox of people who love their small towns but tell their children that they have to leave those small towns to "make something of themselves."  Can liberal urbanites and red state evangelicals find common ground, and have banks become the new churches in small towns?

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C-Realm's KMO talks to a local small town leader with strong ties to the church,
who makes some interesting points, but is somehow stuck in a frustrated position, eyeing the efforts from Washington with cynicism.

The challenge will be for small towns, and local religious leaders to (get free from the dependcies on the Federal government and) carve out an effective role in a changing world, which is perhaps sliding towards Kunstler's Long Emergency.
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*Listen to readings from The Witch : http://www.kunstlercast.com/
**KMO also has a new book: Conversations on Collapse : http://c-realmpodcast.podomatic.com/

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... this was first posted elsewhere ...

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Even without the collapse of the oil age and the giant labour sparing machinery it powers.. many millions of people are looking for community and meaning to their lives.  Small towns usually have great community where people know each other and respect each other.  Many people would like to live in small towns but can't find good jobs there.  Those giant machines like farm combines mean not too many people are needed to work in the towns..

Secondly with meaning to their lives.. right now the only meaning for too many people is making money.  But they find either they can't make money for one reason or another then feel worthless.. or they make a bunch of money and still feel stressed out and or unhappy.

I think we are coming to the end of the era of greed.  Who could have the biggest house with the most granite is getting boring.  And millions are disenfranchised from society.  Even the people with the most houses often do not seem too happy. 

So it is a time when new things can emerge.  Like look at the old media and its negativity falling down and going away.  Some US cities do not even have a daily newspaper anymore!
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Great points - and I agree.

Here's a question from the C-Realm podcast...

What is missing from the Small Towns?
Can they be brought back to life, and made more attractive, so that the children will want to stay on there?

Many small towns (in the US and maybe some parts of the UK) have cheap real estate.  Might this be a major investment opportunity?

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Re: The Witch, Small Towns & Religion: the Sustainable ...
drbubb wrote:

What is missing from the Small Towns?
Can they be brought back to life, and made more attractive, so that the children will want to stay on there?

Many small towns (in the US and maybe some parts of the UK) have cheap real estate.  Might this be a major investment opportunity?

I have no interest in living in a small town right now. I like having options and places to go and things to do. I'm "downsizing" from an urban area of 10 million to an urban area with 2 million and that's making me a little nervous about the new place being "too small." :-)

One thing small towns could do is develop mixed use areas more, so that people can have walkable communities. I would not want to live in a strip mall small town where there's no place to go but the gas station and McDonald's. Cute downtowns and mainstreets can be very appealing though. 

 

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