Current Book Project

The (very rough and incomplete) drafts of my current writing project to date are available online at Exodus:  General Idea of the Revolution in the 21st Century.

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2 Responses to Current Book Project

  1. mwildfire says:

    This is in response to One Cheer for the Green New Deal, which I found linked to by BXEweekly. I don’t do Twitter, so…seems that screed was intended for fellow anarchists so it had several references I didn’t get. Nonetheless the general idea/s were clear. I thought you did fine on one important element many thinkers about how to cope with climate change miss, but missed the other. The one you did a fine job on was the need to restructure our communities so that regular commuting becomes a rarity (at least, car commuting. Many people would still get to workplaces or school via foot or bicycle). But the one so many urban people miss is the centrality of food in any economy. The kind of changes we need to make to our agricultural systems have the potential to not only greatly reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but actually sequester a good bit of carbon, while also providing healthier food and clearer air. But this kind of agriculture, which is mostly but not entirely a reversion to past methods, will require quite a bit more labor, along with less pesticides, and fertilizer (derived mostly from fossil fuels) and heavy machinery (running on fossil fuels). I think this will mean more community restructuring as the move to urbanization reverses. The model I imagine is pacts between progressive urbanites and the surrounding farms, where the farms get a guaranteed market without middlemen and the urban people get guaranteed clean food, from farms they can visit and check out, perhaps supply seasonal labor for. Eventually as bullshit jobs in cities dwindle and the economy can no longer support the endless streams of trucks bringing food and other goods into the cities, many move to the surrounding farms.
    Mary Wildfire in rural West Virginia

  2. Thanks for the comment. I agree, food production is a huge part of the necessary restructuring strategy for reducing greenhouse emissions. This is something I’m interested in and strongly sympathetic to, although I neglected to include it in my commentary. I do a lot of soil-intensive gardening and edible landscaping myself, involving an eclectic mix of techniques from Permaculture, hugel beds, Ruth Stout/Back to Eden no-till methods, etc.

    Regarding the increased labor, I suspect there might actually be a net reduction in labor time for relocalized, soil- and horticulture-intensive forms of food production. It might involve an increase in time directly spent growing food at the actual point of production, but taking into account Ralph Borsodi’s estimates of all the waste labor embedded in the food processing and distribution system overall, and the economic rents to corporations involved, it would still take less time to grow a given amount of produce than it would take to earn enough money at wage labor to buy the same amount in the capitalist marketplace.

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