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Author Topic: The Amish as a model?  (Read 15858 times)


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Re: The Amish as a model?
« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2008, 11:05:30 pm »

No lifestyle which includes families of eight or ten children is sustainable.  Simple arithmetic. First generation 2 parents, second generation 8-10 children, third generation 64 to 100 grand children, fourth generation 512 to 1000 great grand children.

Well, the 2.1 children that Americans are having is leaving us short and we're having to import labor from the rest of the world.  The Amish, from what I've seen of them, are happy and their lifestyle has sustained itself for a quarter millennium.

No, it has not.  Good article in the August 15 Wall Street Journal, page W1.  It is about the Amish hiring themselves out to build buildings, and the culture clash.  Excerpt: About 20 years ago, the Amish started to diversify out of farming when it became clear that subdividing a farm among sons wasn't sustainable as their population grew and land costs made buying new property prohibitive.  It goes on to say that 70% of Amish household heads pursue nonfarm lines of work. They are no longer able to maintain their isolation.

Some of them are not able to maintain it, but their culture has been astoundingly stable when one considers the tumultuous changes around them.  Many are going so far as to relocate to South America in order to find fertile farming land, and, as you say, it is a challenge to their way of life.
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