[permaculture] 'celebrating' Grameen, Nobel, and capitalism
k.skvorak at verizon.net
Tue Dec 12 09:49:32 EST 2006
i guess i woke in one of those 'moods' this morning, (so pls don't
anyone take it personally) and i felt the urge to respond to this.
there is so much change under way in the world, good and bad. i have
been involved a lot lately with solidarity work for oaxaca where the
old anticapitalist movement in mexico is being repressed in a new
dirty war. this is relevent - ( the new dirty war fueled by the same
old US corporate interests)- because the struggle there is a
representation of community self empowerment, using traditional
indigenous models of political organizing and mutual aid, and i'll
bet no one from APPO is sure as hell going to get a Nobel Prize for
i mean, there are so many ways for poor people to re-gain self
empowerment, is really becoming 'good little capitalists' (with or
without a garden) what these individuals and communities need most?
ok, i know this is a big simplification of grameen, but it seems to
be the macro 'ethic' involved.
traditional community structures are broken all over the world-and
those that are left are resisting all over the world- and it is
capitalism (colonialism,white supremacy, consumerism etc) that has
imho, in terms of ethics- zapatismo has a lot more in common with
permaculture than the Grameen bank does. so i would celebrate if the
Nobel went to one of the EZLN Comandantas
i do have hope for permaculture as part of the solution for
privileged industrialized people and those 'down below' alike. but
i'm sorry i don't have hope for a permaculture 'movement' that
indentifies more with 'lifestyle' liberal green consumerism, than it
does with genuine social justice, local autonomy, and the like. (i'm
not saying it does-but it feels that way at times)
anyway, thanks for the rant space. again, pls don't take it
personally. i am just mad at the world these days
>From: Jim <ashevillecurrencyproject at gmail.com>
>I was at one of the many simultaneous house parties that took place
>around the USA yesterday, in celebration of the Nobel Prize going to
>Mohammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. The house parties were
>organized by RESULTS, ( results.org ) an anti-hunger group.
>The most intriguing thing for me was the revelation that, as a condition
>of getting a loan, borrowers promise to plant vegetables. Here's the
>text from the website, and the link to it.
>The 16 decisions of Grameen Bank
>1. We shall follow and advance the four principles of Grameen Bank ---
>Discipline, Unity, Courage and Hard work in all walks of our lives.
>2. Prosperity we shall bring to our families.
>3. We shall not live in dilapidated houses. We shall repair our houses
>and work towards constructing new houses at the earliest.
>4. We shall grow vegetables all the year round. We shall eat plenty of
>them and sell the surplus.
>5. During the plantation seasons, we shall plant as many seedlings as
>6. We shall plan to keep our families small. We shall minimize our
>expenditures. We shall look after our health.
>7. We shall educate our children and ensure that they can earn to pay
>for their education.
>8. We shall always keep our children and the environment clean.
>9. We shall build and use pit-latrines.
>10. We shall drink water from tubewells. If it is not available, we
>shall boil water or use alum.
>11. We shall not take any dowry at our sons' weddings, neither shall we
>give any dowry at our daughters wedding. We shall keep our centre free
>from the curse of dowry. We shall not practice child marriage.
>12. We shall not inflict any injustice on anyone, neither shall we allow
>anyone to do so.
>13. We shall collectively undertake bigger investments for higher incomes.
>14. We shall always be ready to help each other. If anyone is in
>difficulty, we shall all help him or her.
>15. If we come to know of any breach of discipline in any centre, we
>shall all go there and help restore discipline.
>16. We shall take part in all social activities collectively.
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