>He's simply making a generalization based on perception, perhaps well informed and perhaps not. My own ill informed perception is that you'd probably find more white collar in both UL backpacking and bushcraft. After all, we all know quite well that the vast majority of blue collar folk are watching NASCAR races, listening to Larry the Cable Guy records and voting against their own interests, when would they have time to practice bushcraft?'
Ya' know, Doug, I often marvel at the way you state the truth so simply and directly and still provide a bit of satire at the same time, Swiftian style! It is certainly true that we white-collar types have the time and the inclination to reject the very capitalist structure that provides our bread and butter -- capitalism provides us the opportunity to reject capitalism and get us out into the woods. We also tend to oversimplify our perception of our blue-collar betters. They have more of a right to reject capitalism than we do because they are the victims of it and not the beneficiaries, the way we are. They may not just watch NASCAR races (as this very form and their participation in in suggests), but they do vote, for the most part, against their own self interests, sadly.
We are the Henry David Thoreau's of the world. We couldn't reject, occasionally, our civilization without the support it provides. As I often explain to my colleagues when they ask me, nonplussed, why I retreat into the woods, "I love people. I love them even more when I can get away from them once in a while." The same can be said of our capitalist economic structure.
One, two three
Pioneers are we
Fighting with the working class
Against the bourgeoisie (an old International Worker's of the World anthem)
Really wishing this discussion were in Chaff, ;-)
Please don't flame me, :-)