In my latest paper, “Free-Range Humans: Permaculture Farming as a Biosemiosic Model for Political Organization,” I apply the lessons of my field to governance and economics. The title is a mouthful, I know, but it’s actually a pretty accessible read. I offer this as an alternative to the Great Reset, which proposes to centralize all assets under the control of a Corporate State and, essentially, make us into livestock.
Abstract: Modern agricultural approaches attempt to substitute biological self-reinforcing networks, which naturally sustain healthy food economies, with technology that seeks to control nature — not work with it. Artificial solutions (caging, pesticides, genetic engineering) tend to address symptoms of problems that the artificial approach has itself created. The great error of modern agriculture is the assumption that Nature is not intelligent. In fact, we can learn much from natural smart technologies that far out-perform recently invented artificial “smart” technologies. These lessons can also be applied to other political and economic systems, allowing self-organization to foster creativity and intelligence in the populace at large.
Love this article! You are so insightful and always ahead of the game. You should run for office.
Thanks for keeping us in he loop. I hope you are well, Tori! I Love your thesis and look forward to hearing and reading more! I am loving Springtime in my garden. Mother Nature is a miraculous designer!! I
I am reading your paper now. Falling asleep momentarily as I am reading, but waking and picking up from the place where I fell asleep. I am really tired right now.
Yes, semiotic permaculture is the way forward in terms of feeding ourselves; that is the way we should always have been farming.
I had a coyote friend, and I got to observe her hunting techniques; quite stealthy. When someone would bring their dog to the park, however, and my coyote friend would be hiding in the bushes, I would intervene and let the dog’s owner know that there was a coyote hiding in the bushes next to me. My coyote friend would look up at me, kind of for approval, but I would have to say NO. She got her fair share of squirrels, rabbits and gophers, so she was not starving. I say she, because she was a female coyote. She was also extremely healthy compared to any domestic dog. I guess we were just two predators of similar makeup. Maybe that is why dogs and humans make such good friends.
She would often sit ten feet from me when I would work out in the park. Other people were surprised that a wild coyote would sit so close to me. I guess they never saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hdUCzbCuYk.
Your paper is really good, I can’t wait to finish reading it all.