Being back in the country it's abundantly clear to me that the key to a leisure based society — science fiction's dream — is simple rural living, with a high tech overlay. Food and living costs here seem to be around a third what they are in the city, plus the option for home ownership (rather than rental) is far more achievable.
Right now most of us work thirty to fifty hours a week, yet we can sustain ourselves comfortably (in the rural economy) for perhaps ten to fifteen hours of work weekly. So we have to ask ourselves — where are the benefits of those surplus hours going if they're not going to us? The answer is very simple: they are going to make very rich people (and headless corporations) even richer.
Simple rural living — which can still easily sustain the high tech communications infrastructure that we are using right now that has revolutionized our world — is the easiest way to subvert this unjust system, and redistribute the planet's wealth in a way that is both equitable and difficult for them (“the man”) to stop.
Over the next two years Rachel and I — and I hope some of you as well — will be making a lot of mistakes, but will be gaining the wisdom to make these dreams a reality for ourselves, our children, and to some extent our community. These are attainable dreams for everyone — it's easy to blame big business, lack of jobs, corrupt government, the americans, the japanese, whatever, but ultimately it is your choice whether you'd like to be free or whether you prefer the life of a slave.
The “American Dream,” (and I mean that in the sense that it applies to all people, everywhere on this planet) as it was hinted at in the original paperwork that was drafted in 1776 by Jefferson (one of America's many betrayed heroes), is still very attainable, and it is as true and honourable an ideal today as it was then.