The local pub or tavern has provided a social point of contact for millions of people for generations. But in the US and in Britain the old ways are coming under attack. Smoking bans. Higher prices, competition from supermarkets and online socialising facilities like Facebook are all calculated to diminish the popularity of the ”local” where life used to go on face to face, and people lived a community life.
This is the way the powers that be like it, with people separated off into separate lonelier lives, where communities lose their threads of connection, laughter becomes a dim and distant memory, political control takes over, and individual human beings made defenceless from authority.
United we stand. Divided we fall.
And they know it.