Why farmpunk?

A farmpunk could be described as a neo-agrarian who approaches [agri]culture, community development and/or design with an anarchistic hacker ethos. "Cyber-agrarian" could supplant neo-agrarian, indicating a back-to-the-land perspective that stands apart from past movements because it is heavily informed by conceptual integration in a post-industrial information society (thus "forward to the land" perhaps?) The art and science of modern ecological design—and ultimately, adapting to post-collapse contexts—will be best achieved through the combined arts of cybermancy and geomancy. In other words: the old ways of bushcraft and woodlore can be combined with modern technoscience (merely another form of lore) in open and decentralized ways that go beyond pure anarcho-primitivism. This blog is an example of just that. Throughout, natural ecologies must be seen as the original cybernetic systems.

**What we call for at the farmpunk headquarters**
°Freedom of information
°Ground-up action + top-down perspectives
°Local agricultural systems (adhering to permaculture/biodynamic principles) as the nuclei of economies
°Bioregional autonomy
°Computers are optional but can be used for good—see peer to peer tech, social media for direct popular management of natural or political disasters (e.g. Arab Spring), or the mission of the hacker collective Anonymous
°You

"Municipal liberty is the first and most important [principle] of democratic institutions, since nothing is more natural or worthy of respect then the right which citizens of any settlement have of arranging themselves the affairs of their common life and of resolving as best suits them in the interests and the needs of the locality." - Emilio Zapata

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Earthling Identity


We need an identity that is at once tribal, global, and cosmic.

For me this identity is "Earthling".

This identity speaks to the intrinsic ecological worth of each human being. Indeed, we are all "equal" in the eyes of Mother Earth.

Earthling is a tribal name - referring to a resident of a locality - an inhabitant of one niche existing in a much vaster planetary or galactic ecology. This evokes a Star-Wars bar type perspective, in which every human represents one nation - the earth - and are each in fact fully qualified to do so. It also evokes the idea of Buckminster Fuller's "Spaceship Earth", which envisions the earth as a ship on a journey through time and fueled by the celestial engine of the sun. If the earth is a ship, then to be an earthling is to be a sailor, on board for the ride. *This identity, however, is merely a substrate from which we can claim our birthrights as not just passengers, but as navigators. The art of navigation, broadly applied beyond just astronomical sea navigation, is the art of making strategic decisions based on a deep and holistic understanding of the natural world. Historically, it is not only maritime navigators who have read the celestial landscape for the success of the voyage, but shamans and witch doctors who have performed "ecological divination" in service of the successful functioning of their community. Success in various small-scale societies does not then depend on "infinite growth", but on maintained harmony with the encompassing environment. On that note, I can think of half a dozen mystical traditions in history for whom integrated understanding of the relational order between the self and nature represents the pinnacle of esoteric knowledge. I wrote recently myself, in a poem, "green is the color of the philosopher's stone".

Watch out queer theory -- here come earthlings.

8 comments:

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雪糕 said...

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Ruby Soleil said...

beautiful. I love the idea of being an Earthling. Cosmic, organic, tribal... all encompassing. at once "inter-nationalistic" and yet borderless (at least til we hit the outer spaces)

馬甲 said...

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