We felt as free, in this respect, as a caged wild bird who finds himself once more on the wing. The demands and requirements which weigh upon city consumers no longer restricted us. To the extent that we were able to meet our consumer needs in our own way and in our own good time, we had freed ourselves from dependence upon the market economy...While the Nearings' writing is laced with heavy doses of 30s-era socialism (as one might expect), the very little bit I've read provides vivid insight into the joys of rejecting conspicuous consumption for "the simple life."
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