One major problem facing anybody moving to the countryside is what one will do for a living. Here in West Cork there is a major unemployment problem. Many of the young people are emigrating like my father had to in the 1950's.
It's not just confined to Ireland though. There are over twenty five million people unemployed in the E.E.C alone.
Karl Marx once wrote that on a perfect day in a perfect world:
"Hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening and criticize after dinner."
It sounds like the perfect smallholding, doesn't it?
I often get fed up working on the smallholding and never seeing anybody to talk to all day. Why can't the governments create jobs for people to work on other people's smallholdings or allotments?
I would even suggest that everybody should work a paid three day week and they claim a benefit for the other 2 days. This would give EVERYBODY a paid 3 day week job and lots of time to work the allotment and smallholding. Yes it's radical. But it's treating everybody equally and we all know that poverty creates crime and depression and despair. So lets all have a living wage in the countryside.
Any suggestions please?