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Exchange Exemplar: Maybe civilization is not that great in the first place...?

Christopher Ryan
Christopher Ryan

It's not just that critics of our current system of agriculture find fault with it. Some observers think agriculture itself was a big mistake for humans, forcing us into life patterns that create unhappiness.

Christopher Ryan takes the argument bigger than agriculture, to the whole concept of civilization. We gained a lot by moving indoors and developing societies, but we also tethered ourselves to long workdays to keep roofs over our heads and food on the table.

Ryan points out this and more in his book Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress.

We air this interview from 2019 again, prepared to have our worldviews challenged again.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.