The rural West's pragmatic booster

Western, Samuel
September 2006
High Country News;9/4/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 16, p7
The article introduces Larry Swanson, an economist and demographer at the University of Montana's Center for the Rocky Mountain West. He is a native of Nebraska, and the person who wrote about the decline of the rural Plains as a dissertation to his Doctor of Philosophy degree. Due to his aim to impart pragmatism across the country which he considers as the only resort for those people living and struggling for survival over economic quandary, he chooses to travel in places like in the Northern Rockies preaching about practicality. As he have seen those isolated rural areas dooming to decline due to young people leaving in search of better opportunities, he is but in the state of hoping that these places would build new economies for their economic improvement.


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