In that part of the world where political legitimacy is derived from the universal law of continuous technical development, industrialization, concentration, and centralization, the strength of dispersed small-scale agricultural
production and the relative well-being of the peasantry are not self-evident. In a country where for decades an artificially high disparity has existed between agricultural. and industrial terms of trade, and where this has functioned not only as a means of exploiting agriculture to help industrial development, but also of helping statisticians by using extremely low agricultural prices to prove industry’s high contribution to the gross national product—in such a country the high contribution of agriculture to the well-being of the population is not part of the natural course of events.
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