Another great post from Chris Smaje, and how about those comments?
The reason that you see farmers nowadays with combines and not with scythes is because energy and capital are cheap, labour is dear, and most people don’t work the land. Like it or not, I think all this is going to change in the future.
I had a scythe once. I loved that thing, and the sheer joy of becoming skilled in using it and keeping it sharp.