Chicago Teacher Argues for the Elimination of Rural Areas

A faculty member at the Shimer Great Books School of North Central College is advocating for the elimination of rural areas, arguing that people should not live there and the government should “give them generous grants to relocate among other humans.”

Chicago resident Adam Kotsko complained on Twitter about people living in rural areas, citing climate-related concerns.

“In discussions of reducing car dependency, one often hears, ‘What about people in remote rural areas?’ And my gut instinct is — people shouldn’t be living there in the first place. The solution is to give them generous grants to relocate among other humans,” said Kotsko, who is also the author of multiple books.

“But what if they like living in remote rural areas?’ Sorry, you can’t always get what you want. A lot of people would like to live in dense, transit-rich settings but can’t — either because they can’t afford it or it simply doesn’t exist where they are,” he added in a subsequent tweet.

“And if this sounds harsh — don’t worry, it will never happen, because our governmental institutions are INSANELY biased in favor of rural areas. They’ll be fine. I’m just a guy over here having an opinion,” Kotsko wrote in another tweet.

He also wrote, “‘Isn’t it meant to imply that rural people’s lifestyle is bad and wrong?’ As someone who lives in Chicago, all I can say to that is: cry me a river.”

Kotsko went on to claim that, in his understanding, people residing in sparsely populated areas are poverty-stricken and “essentially trapped” in those places.

“My understanding is also that a lot of people in remote rural areas are desperately poor and essentially trapped there,” he tweeted.

Kotsko also sent out several tweets discussing ideas about building up an urban-centric society while doing away with rural areas altogether.

“My ideal land use distribution (based heavily on KSR): all agricultural land is collectively owned and scientifically managed to balance quantity, quality, and variety of food against sustainability and ethical practices. No single-family or corporate for-profit farms,” he explained.

“Young adults have to do a period of public service, and one option would be a ‘tour of duty’ as a farm worker for a few years,” Kotsko continued. “Everyone would at least know someone who knows firsthand what goes into food production.”

“The overwhelming majority of people live in a handful of ultradense urban cores, connected by high-speed rail. No car-based suburban communities exist. A handful of people stay in rural areas full-time to manage the work brigades or run wilderness retreats or whatever,” he added. “The human footprint would be vastly less in this system — all land not used for agriculture would be left wild. Another public service option would be dismantling the suburbs — stripping copper wire and other useable resources, removing toxins, then leaving them to rot.”

The Chicago teacher’s tweets come as elites and leftists around the world have been advocating for green city living, including a recent project undertaken in Saudi Arabia called “The Line” which is “touted as a one-building city in the desert which will stretch over 106 miles and ultimately house 9 million people” that “will run entirely on renewable energy, with no roads, cars or emissions,” according to reporting from CNN.