[permaculture] Political Control Over Globalization or Get HELP!!!!(Political)
keithdj at mindspring.com
Tue Jul 3 12:48:16 EDT 2007
Tommy Tolson wrote:
> If Permaculture embraces the principles of personal responsibility for
> the state of the world, why is there not an organized response to, or
> even a conversation about, globalization on this listserve?
There have been many conversations about it. There ARE organized
responders that include the occasional permaculturist (see
> I know of no organized response from Permaculture, per se, to globalization.
I am one of probably many permies addressing the subject.
See also Occidental Arts and Ecology's work in this area
*/(snip) GOALS THAT GUIDE OUR PROGRAMS/*
1. Preserve and restore native biodiversity and healthy ecosystems,
with a particular focus on the Northern California bioregion.
2. Preserve and propagate biodiversity in open-pollinated and
heirloom varieties of food, fiber and medicinal agricultural crops.
3. Support appropriate-scale ecological farming and sustainable local
4. Cultivate ecological literacy, especially within watershed
communities and in public schools.
5. *Create and model sustainable, local, practical alternatives to
global corporatization and the economic paradigm that is dependent
on growth and consumption.*
6. *Build the capacity of local nongovernmental and grassroots
institutions to increase the level and effectiveness of local
7. Encourage the reawakening of the evolutionary and spiritual
connection between human beings, human communities and the natural
> Are we resigned to the inevitability of corporate dominance?
NO. I can't speak for all, but I suspect a general consensus on the subject.
> Do we seek to fly under the corporate radar to avoid this fight with the unbeatable foe?
"Unbeatable"? That's a limiting perspective and projection. I'm sure
THEY are quite aware of those who resist.
> How wonderful is that? How much of the troubles in the world can
> be directly attributed to multinational corporations that are beyond
> political control?
A fair bit....unelected rulers have been making bad choices for the rest
of us for quite a while (eg. GWB)
> Aren't we ultimately responsible for the behavior of our corporate persons?
Used to be we could revoke their charters. Link up with Dave Henson at
OAEC for more on this subject: http://oaec.org/davehensonbio
> Are we asleep at the switch of global citizenship?
"We" who? The citizenry?....or permies? I'd say Yes to the former and,
generally, No to the latter.
> What can we do to gain political control over globalization?
Now, there's a question. Join those already active? Gain control over
(snip) "Giant corporations govern, even though they are mentioned
nowhere in our Constitution or Bill of Rights. So when corporations
govern, democracy is nowhere to be found. There is something else: when
people live in a culture defined by corporate values, common sense
evaporates. We stop trusting our own eyes, ears, and feelings. Our minds
"Hundreds of small, low-budget groups have stopped corporations from
poisoning a river, clear-cutting a forest, breaking a law, busting a
union, carrying propaganda into a school. This is extremely important.
*Valiant and persistent organizing has bettered the daily lives of
millions, instilled confidence and self-respect, and transformed
communities. * But when the joy of victory fades, imperial corporations
remain. Slowed in one place, they pop up in another. They're in our
schools, town halls, statehouses, and Congress. They block sane, logical
transitions in food, energy, transportation, healthcare, finance,
forestry, and manufacturing. They fund think tanks and universities to
frame public debate. They buy obedience and define society's values.*"
> Shouldn't we be doing it?
Of course, and we are....in MANY small, but cumulative, ways we can make
a difference and ARE making a difference (even if it just *looks like* a
neighborhood potluck). MANY permies ARE working within their LOCAL
political milieu and some of us ARE wielding our influence to bring
about change. The 'rules' we can apply look like these quotes taken from
our PDC teaching manual:
Make the least change for the greatest effect.
Work where it counts.
Do only what is necessary.
The edge is where the action is.
Work with nature not against it.
It's the connections that matter NOT the number of elements or
components. For good connections, things need to be in the right place.
"The role of beneficial authority is to return function & responsibility
to life and to people; if successful, no further authority is needed.
The role of successful design is to create a self-managed system."
(How's that for a political challenge?)
Use biological resources.
Work out from a nucleus on a controlled front. Don't undertake more than
you can manage. Recognize natural limits.
We are only limited by a lack of information and imagination.
> Haven't corporations had it their way long enough for us to tell where it takes us?
It's been clear to many of us for some time that THEIR plan is, in the
long term, a lose / lose scenario (as opposed to win / win).
> Can we allow this course to play itself out? Dare we? Who is it up to?
We (the collective human global 'we') have so far supported, or at least
failed to prevent, the corporate racket (and have been failing for a few
thousand years, at least more often than we have succeeded). The cost of
continuing to do so is becoming more obvious to many. How 'many' is
enough? Whatever that number is, that's WHO it's up to. 10%? 20%?
Cultural Creatives suggest that the 25% of us who are ALREADY aware DO
have the power to make the changes.
I hope you have allied yourself already with folks NEAR you, otherwise
you may continue to flounder, feeling unsupported, unhelped, unheard,
frustrated that people aren't doing enough, angry, lonely, and isolated
The (usually unwritten) "First Principle" of Permaculture is to "Get
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