10 comments on “Mythbusting the “Back to the Land” Movement

  1. OK wow. Great piece. Yes hoarders in the woods. Still, that bowling ball pyramid is f’ing classic.

    Now about those pinball machines…seriously! Do you think the owner would like to get rid of them?

    • Glad you liked the piece. I’m not in communication with the guy who owns the pinball machines, but my guess is that he would sell them, but I’m sure he would want more than he paid for them, which was far more than they were worth. If old pinball machines really rock your world, and you have more dollars than sense, maybe you can work out a deal

  2. Weed and age aside, I’ve been noting at least 3 distinct classes of “back-to-the-land” folks. There are those who actually grow much of their own food, make, mend, borrow or do without to meet their material needs. If the ones in my community are representative of the larger population, I’d say probably 1% of Humboldt county is truly “back to the land” in an attempt to be self-sufficient and ecologically sane. Many more of us are completely dependent on town for groceries, fuel, and the other materials we need and want; we love our privacy and rural surroundings, and can’t wait to leave town, to drive “back to the land”. There is another group, more troubling than the hoarders of obscure treasure: the absentee land-owners who sublet to underlings that grow warehouses of weed to subsidize their collective luxuries. These are the ones who turn their back-to-the-land.

    Joe: book hoarders unite!

    • It’s funny how class-conscious people around here are, especially when there’s so few people with any class at all. Personally, I don’t think it very ecologically sane to turn the forest into farmland, regardless of what you farm.

  3. Hoarding as a pathological condition is especially pronounced in the Baby Boomer generation, with some evidence that it’s connected to being raised by Depression-era parents who never their kids throw anything away in childhood.

    • I’m sure depression-era parents had something to do with it, but the Boomers also lived through the pinnacle of American consumerism. No one before them ever enjoyed the level of consumption that they did, and now that they’ve so depleted the environment, no one will ever live like them again.

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