A remarkable number of people have read my “Edward Snowden and The Farm” post, although there has not been a lot of discussion about it on WordPress. In a way that’s fine with me, because I have been writing and talking about the topic for decades, and grown weary of repeating myself. Indeed, the only reason I wrote “Edward Snowden and The Farm” was because IT insisted that I write it down. The piece was more of a download than an act of conscious creation.
The post did evoke the typical Farm responses in a thread on Facebook. They came from a guy I’ve known for forty-three years, and I wanted to give him my best response, which turned out to be way longer than would reasonably fit in a Facebook thread. So, here are his remarks, and my response.
He said: the farm changeover was brought about by a vast majority of people whose material needs were not being met period.
Note “period,” as in, “end of discussion.” In my experience, his response was pretty representative of the attitude of current Farm residents. He later wrote this:
we’ll have to agree to disagree martin,family’s got to independently make its own decisions about the basics.can’t run around looking for basic footwear forever.it got 2 where the system manipulators thrived.at that point we’re at square 1.people are people no matter what system you’re in,no point tying your hands behind your back.seems like most everyone is happier now.but enough arguing,you feel like your social experiment failed,well it did but the community recovered and became what it needed to become and is thriving.that’s the long answer.