We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Fascinating stuff, all, and I've bookmarked it so I can read the rest later.
But the same question keeps arising in my mind. "How can people live like that?"
I'm not opposed to "people" per se, but I have this thing about being able to wander out in the back yard and shoot at things, should the urge strike me. And were I living there, some of the neighbors might make themselves into prospective targets.
Unlikely, but possible.......
I like some space, and for me, "space" is defined in acres, not feet.
If I had to live in NYC, I'd probably be stone crazy in a year. Dallas or some such would do me in within two years.
Urban areas are nice places to visit, but I'll go get a cabin next to the Unibomber before I have to live there.