I remain unconvinced that the agriculture practiced in Europe during the middle ages, for example, was “problematic” in the way you suggest. You could argue that the way some proportion of agricultural production was conscripted to the Church and the state designated “owners” of the land was wrong. But that is the point of agriculture as compared to more primitive systems: the creation of a surplus to (a) provide for future shortages due to flood/drought/crop failure and (b) release from the burden of food production individuals who could practice more creative activities/enquiries.

Given the real cause of our problems, over-population, you might as well blame medicine for keeping more of us alive.

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Frank is a retired Engineer from England now living in Ireland. He is trying to learn and share the lessons of history.

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