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  •  I live in an actual rural portion of NJ. The old (1+ / 0-)
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    guard, the older farming families are solidly Republican and most of them are of the "I can do with my land what I want to do with my land" type mindset, and wish there was no state department of environmental protection to enforce all those pesky land use restrictions and regulations that limit what you can do with your land.  Others of the Old Guard have small plots of land that they look upon as their old age ATM that they can develop and convert into cash (although that is looking less likely as the real estate market is much less lively).

    The other group in town are the newer arrivals that tend to be highly educated professionals who are interested in land and historical preservation, vote Democratic, but are outnumbered by the Old Guard and the natural Republican monied class by a two to one ratio.  

    There seems to be something about owning land that makes people crazy concerning their ability to control what happens with that land.  The Old Guard landowners seem to be rabidly anti- sensible zoning restrictions (primarily intended to keep development from fouling their neighbor's drinking water) and anything that limits people from doing really destructive things with their land.  

    There is a profound difference concerning the way that people consider issues even within rural areas.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:21:06 AM PST

    •  seems like different interpretations (1+ / 0-)
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      of stewardship of the land

      and

      citizenship

      these are life concerns that civilizations and cultures seem to have clashed over for millennia.

      we could do worse than keep the common approach of First Nations peoples, that when engaged in decision-making on land and water issues, we always consider 7 generations ahead...

      Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

      by ornerydad on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 11:18:25 AM PST

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