What is ‘Liberation Permaculture’

Is permaculture about re-creating Eden or about changing the world in every way, even politically? Graham Burnett and Nicole Vosper make the case for a politically engaged, ‘liberation permaculture’ – https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/what-liberation-permaculture

This is from two people we have a lot of respect for making the case for a permaculture that will bring about fundamental social change as opposed to one that’s simply a lifestyle choice made by people who want to opt out of the modern world but who have no real interest in changing it. It’s an old piece but one that’s probably even more relevant now than when it was written, given the narrative of change coming from an individual altering their lifestyle as opposed to more politically conscious collective endeavours that seek to not only challenge but overthrow the system. It’s about siding with the oppressed and showing solidarity for their struggles for liberation as opposed to a lifestyle change that simply makes you feel good but does sod all to overthrow a system that is moving well beyond it’s use by date.


An intersectionality reading list

Photograph by Peter Marshall

Rather than go into a detailed analysis / critique of the following selected readings on intersectionality, I’ll just leave them here for you to read and make your own mind up. All I will say is that each of them in their own way has helped to improve my understanding of what can be a complex but useful analytical tool. They have played a part in moving me from a position of scepticism about intersectionality to a growing appreciation of how it throws a light on how various forms of oppression interact…

Why intersectionality can’t waitKimberlé Crenshawhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2015/09/24/why-intersectionality-cant-wait/?utm_term=.ea27d531a323

Intersectionality and identity politicsRebecca Reilly-Cooperhttps://rebeccarc.com/2013/04/15/intersectionality-and-identity-politics/

Until All Are Free: Black Feminism, Anarchism, and Interlocking OppressionHillary Lazarhttps://anarchiststudies.org/2016/12/15/until-all-are-free-black-feminism-anarchism-and-interlocking-oppression-by-hillary-lazar/

Is intersectionality just another form of identity politics?Feminist Fightbackhttp://libcom.org/library/intersectionality-just-another-form-identity-politics-feminist-fightback

Interestingly, there was an action on Thursday 11th May at the LSE by striking cleaners (and their supporters) which in my opinion, could be seen as having intersectional elements: LSE cleaners continue strikes for equality and dignityhttps://www.facebook.com/peter.marshall.712/media_set?set=a.10158404334225467.1073742179.785785466&type=3&pnref=story

Dave (the editor)