Not wanting to derail a different topic, I pulled out these two comments to start a new one.
Just because some talking head says something about their own group, or disparages some other group, that does not make it so. I am a rural liberal. Yes, it’s shocking, but we exist. I have a BS in Psychology and work for the juvenile court system. I am pro-Biden and anti-Trump. I don’t know that my neighbors think of cities as “hellscapes”. Rural people go there all the time to attend concerts, shop, visit the zoo, etc. They see value in cities, they just don’t choose to live there.
I am curious what makes a rural community be seen as “poorly run”. I grew up in a small rural town (population: 3000) with a liberal arts college attended by a lot of students from St. Louis and Chicago. It wasn’t a particularly redneck place. I currently live in the country 15 miles away from a small city (population:40k) which is about 5 hours south of Chicago. Unemployment here is low. There’s a hospital, a community college, and a Catholic university. Other towns in the area also have colleges and hospitals. A locally owned grocery chain runs 80+ stores in four states. A local manufacturer builds custom work truck beds that are sold all over the US. I am a member of a rural electric cooperative, which means I am one of the communal owners of my own power company. (Kinda communist, eh?) I am also a member of a rural telephone cooperative, which means I am a communal owner of my own 100% fiberoptic telephone and internet provider. None of the big power or telecommunications companies like to invest much in building or maintaining systems in the country because their profit margins are not high enough, so rural people often build their own. The food that is eaten in cities primarily comes from rural areas. I own about 10 acres of farmland that produces corn and soybeans that is mostly used for animal feed. I also own about 10 acres of forest where deer, rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, and other critters live. I don’t hunt or cut logs. I am supporting wildlife, sequestering carbon, and producing oxygen.
What subsidies do I or my neighbors “take, take, take”? If anyone has their own viewpoints on what I think are prejudices based on stereotypes, I am curious to hear them. I may agree with some things that are brought up, and disagree with others. Who thinks cities/rural areas are hellscapes/paradises? Who thinks they are all just places people live, although some live closer together or further apart than others?