October 29, 2011

IN CALIFORNIA, A RURAL REBELLION IS BREWING. “These used to be wealthy resource-based economies, but now many of the towns are drying up, with revenue to local governments evaporating. Unemployment rates are in the 20-percent-and-higher range. Nearly 79 percent of the county’s voters in a recent advisory initiative opposed the dam removal, but that isn’t stopping the authorities from blasting the dams anyway. These rural folks, living in the shadow of the majestic Mount Shasta, believe that they are being driven away so that their communities can essentially go back to the wild, to conform to a modern environmentalist ethos that puts wildlands above humanity.”

Just “occupy” the water pipelines to the cities and you’ll get noticed. But expect less favorable press treatment than the OWS folks got.