I talked to another local farmer last night. His wife just returned from a holiday shopping trip in New York City. She made point to go see some of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. From her first hand account, most of them have jobs, are not smelly hippies, and are doing this in their spare time. It may very well be that the media is not telling us the truth about these people.
The farm economy today is not about capitalism. It is about a few large corporations using the power of government to control the markets. My friend's visit reminded me of this excellent interview from Common Sense Coalition Radio. You can hear it here.