Ignoring Rural America’s Needs Has its Consequences

The unacknowledged federal ‘Cheap Food Policy’ – in place since the early 1950s – has institutionally short-changed rural farmers and farm communities for decades. Corporate consolidation in other rural industries – such as forestry and mining – have added to the economic injury felt by rural citizens.
Major resultant negative impacts previously identified include depressed rural economies, liquidation of family farmers and depopulation of rural America.
Now a new study has identified another serious negative impact: Alienation and Disaffection in rural America. Jim

“Distrust in American institutions — Wall Street, government, science — has been rising since at least the mid-1960s. Indeed, a decline in trust is a feature in all industrialized countries…

“‘Alienation rates are twice as likely to be very high in the most rural areas as in the denser cities; three-and-a-half times more likely if you have only a high school diploma than a graduate degree; and four times more likely if you are in the lowest income bracket than if you belong in the highest income bracket,’ write James Davison Hunter and Carl Desportes Bowman…

“‘…If you live in the least populated rural areas, you are twice as likely to be in the highest category of disaffection’…

“A new cultural divide has opened between ‘Social Elites’ – educated, urban and well-paid – and the ‘Disinherited,’ those who are poorer, less optimistic, less educated and less urban. And these differences play out in how people view government…

“There is a ‘San Andreas Fault’ that runs between Social Elites and the Disinherited.”

http://www.dailyyonder.com/politics-elections-alienation-rates-higher-in-rural-than-cities/2016/10/17/15834/