chapter  2
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Farmers and Gentlemen

The heart of a nation's culture throbs most violently in its urban centers where the inhabitants are most frequently in a state of flux. The people of importance live within the city confines. Revolutionary movements customarily originate in populated regions. The vitality and excitement of cosmopolitan existence contrast violently with the drabness and stability of country life. One of the severest critics of modern civilization, Karl Marx, was so depressed by life on the land that he considered farmers not much better than barbarians. 1