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The Extinction of a Town: Update
23 Aug 2001
An update: I am now looking for people interested in being interviewed for an upcoming documentary.
The Extinction of a Town: Part Two
By Aaron Schlosser 8/23/01

Radicalism in rural areas works like a pot of water above a low flame: it may take hours for it to boil over, but when it does, the amount of change is tremendous. Of course, there are always things that can be added to the fire to make the water boil faster: significant events, injustices, or blatant evidence are but to name a few. Slow as we may be, it is my firm opinion that most rural people have a wild streak that fuels revolutions. A rebellous gene made dormant by hundreds of years of tranquilization and pacification as well as a sense of resentment breeded from misconceptions and stereotypes made by urbanites makes for a rather hopeless-feeling lot of people, however.

Most of us have a deep connection with the land within our spirit. Some of us have repressed this, some have forgotten it, some cast it away to reach for that fool thing we call the American Dream. There are a few people left who still feel the energy of the Earth flowing through their limbs, and more yet who hear an ancient calling to return to the soil and the plants and the animals with which we evolved for eons into what we are today. These people are the fuel for the fire which will ignite a flame anew in the hearts of others, open their eyes and show them hope, and act against the forces bent on destroying us for their own ill gain.

In my community, the laws we legislate in our democratically-run town meetings are rendered useless and superficial under the grip of the State, whose self-interests and political diseases grow like a disgusting tumor every day. We make laws protecting the few wetlands we have left. The State overrules our laws and allows developers to not only build, but to build what they wish. We create a minimum lot size to prevent overcrowding. The State perverts its own legislation to allow developers to build house after house after condo after apartment with no breathing space between. While we fight, the State kneels like a servant to the great, private financial interests: its master.

But in every situation, there is still hope. The will to survive -- the will to be happy -- will prevail. Like the chants that fill urban streets during mass demonstrations, "There ain't no power like the power of the people 'cuz the power of the people don't stop," democracy is infinite. The rural community will rise with the urban community, if only a bit slower, to fight against global capitalism. It only needs the fuel: the reason, the logic, the evidence, in order to do so. Urban protesters congregate in the cities with large numbers, bringing messages of great beauty, hope, careful consideration and urgency. Witnesses change their lives. In the rural community, however, there is no congregation of people, no alliance against the out of control forces of capitalism. We are fed corporate media, perhaps the only connection, perverted as it may be, some people have to the world. And thus we are a pacified lot.

I hope to change this. I hope to bring real evidence. The media hides the evidence -- but I want to bring it to light. To do this, I wish to produce a documentary about urban sprawl that will highlight its adverse effects, and make the connection it has with global capitalism very clear. For this to be successful, I require the expertise of others, of those who have greater experience than I. Ecopsychologists, sociologists, activists, urbanites, suburbanites, psychologists, environmentalists, radical economists, and any other field of people that has experience in urban sprawl and the effects of global capitalism on rural communities. The documentary is planned for the Summer of 2002, although there will be times before then when we will infrequently film and prepare. If you are interested, you can contact me at aschlosser (at) or at 1-603-735-6614. Again:

- Ecopsychologists
- Sociologists
- Activists
- Urbanites/Suburbanites
- Psychologists
- Environmentalists
- Radical Economists
- Anyone else! All are welcome!

Please contact me so that you may be interviewed for a documentary that will be produced during the Summer of 2002. If you want more details, again, please contact me. I plan to play the documentary on public access all over the state as well as provide free screenings. It will be free and completely open to the public. I have a lot of experience in film production and would like to put it to use.
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