Originally posted on Consentient:
In my last article, I heavily criticised Paul Wheaton for trying to take permaculture in a anti-ethical, capitalist direction. I did so because I feel that capitalist subsumption of permaculture would be an intolerable tragedy, and because no one else had really made a serious critique. My aim was to make Wheaton’s supporters think again. From what I can see, they must either be missing the point or guilty of the same capitalist addictions. It remains to be seen exactly what the balance is in that regard.
I wanted now to clarify my position with some unpacking of a few key concepts, as well as look at how those concepts relate to the disagreement between Wheaton and myself.
I’ve had feedback from a few readers now, and one thing that’s emerged is that people are a little bit surprised at the intensity of my critique. I’ve written back in response to…
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