[permaculture] Permaculture Review of _The Art of Not Being Governed_

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at bellsouth.net
Sat Nov 6 13:09:12 EDT 2010

On 11/6/2010 6:15 AM, narthex dreams wrote:
> Please read my blog post reviewing (from a permaculture angle) the book The Art of Not Being Governed, an Anarchist
> History of Upland Southeast Asia. My thoughts on Permaculture's relationship to social systems and alternative
> society.
> http://fireflower.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/the-art-of-not-being-governed/
> The Art of Not Being Governed By Eric

WONDERFUL! Thanks for posting this.

> Scott makes the point that in Southeast Asia — and fairly generally worldwide — the food system that has historically
> been part and parcel of the state and state-making is sedentary agriculture, usually of a grain monocrop. This allows
> for legible, taxable, storable food surpluses and requires a dense peasant population close to the state core, which
> feeds the state’s need for manpower. It is the foundation for standing militaries, large building projects, vast
> solidified hierarchies, dense populations, etc.


> The food-system strategies used by non-state, often egalitarian peoples are foraging, hunting and gathering, nomadic
> pastoralism, and shifting agriculture (a.k.a swidden).

Much better!

See my earlier posts on terraced rice farming in the Phillipines,
good tie-in to your post/book review.

More discussion on this!

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