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In other words, before the Industrial Revolution, the home was the major place of economic production, rather than the marketplace in the town or village. We abandoned this system with the growth of industry that occurred over the past 200 years, and flocked to the city where everyone is a specialist in something.
Today, however, industry is abandoning the people in favour of cheap foreign workers, or for robots replacing human labour.
Heh, anyway, I see the homesteading movement as a significant social change taking place. It is responding to a marketplace turned hostile to the average person, and people are returning more to the economic system that was universal before the Industrial Revolution.