Pining for the Neolithic

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The New York Times is again up to its old apocalyptic tricks. Today it has published yet another in a long, hot summer's worth of climate-hysteria screeds, this one by journalist Roy Scranton, who gives every appearance of wishing to forego his computer, flush toilet and AC (amenities he claims to value) in order to go Full Neolithic. Says Scranton:

The paucity of historical evidence and the eradication of native peoples’ culture by European colonizers make it difficult to reconstruct precontact indigenous life in all its detail. What evidence there is, combined with anthropological insights into similarly premodern cultures, strongly suggests that despite having to persevere without the miraculous comforts, devices and potions upon which we thoughtlessly depend, they almost certainly lived lives at least as meaningful, complex, rich and joyful as our own.

As for benighted, progress-obsessed Westerners like Scranton and presumably at least some readers of the New York Times:

We humans of the Anthropocene Era, inhabitants of a global capitalist civilization built on fossil fuels, slavery and genocide, are used to living with the fruits of that civilization.

At least two questions arise. 

Why is Roy Scranton frittering away his summer in the lap of luxury on Maryland's Delmarva Peninsula, where, he tells us, he penned this most recent lament? And if the lives of those in premodern cultures are “at least as meaningful, complex, rich and joyful” as ours in the capitalist West, why does global mass-migration move only in one direction—towards the Delmarva Peninsula?