Half-formed thought about how all the small towns in the American interior, that are dying because their one factory or one mine closed down, are the American equivalent of the old European empires' resource-extraction colonies, which (as opposed to their settlement colonies) were set up as giant single-crop plantations, never got any infrastructure investment or economic diversification, and remained some of the poorest places in the world even after they achieved independence

@nindokag Is there any economic argument in favor of small towns existing? My current understanding is that they are just doomed to become shit-holes.

Non-major cities at least have value as reserve seeds if you need to replace a specialized metropolis, but most small towns just can't ever sustain enough population to be worth the paperwork they generate.

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@machado i mean, a town should exist as long as people want to live there, because forced relocation would be bad.

From a free-market perspective, the government shouldn't spend any money keeping small towns on life-support.

From a democratic socialist perspective, maybe it's worth picking an economically sub-optimal policy to preserve a way of life that people enjoy.

Ironically, those small towns in the USA mostly vote for the party with the free-market policies that are killing them.

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