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Cooperative Feministas

Cooperative Feministas are not quite so much Competitive Manifestos. In David Holmgren's introduction to Permacultural Therapeutic Design, he contrasts "Industrial Culture" with "Sustainable Culture" kind of like comparing masculine LeftBrain culture with feminist RightBrain enculturation, nurturance, resonance over the longer-term scenaria, rather than shorter-term dementio. Anyway, Holmgren recognizes we could choose alternative words for labeling these two contrasting, appositional, cultures. We might sometimes choose Competitive Culture v Cooperative Culture, or Capital-Accrual v Capital-Nutritional Dispersal, sort of like the difference between hunting down and killing the defense as compared to watering and feeding and gathering the vegan edibles, or Colony Acquisitional (especially of slaves and other, alarmingly similar, ways of acquiring cheap manual, and especially womanual, labor) v Creole ReGenerative (like mixing multicultural spices contributed in some pay-it-forward co-invested development of a robust Stone Soup accessible to all with cooperatively managed ownership), or LeftBrain Dominant Patriarchal (Business As Anthrocentrically Usual) v Right-Left CoRelational Matriarchal BiCameral, or DeGenerative LoseLose ZeroSum AntiEcological Entropic 2nd Principle of Closed Patriarchal Framing FromAbove Ecosystems v ReGenerative WinWin NonZeroSum PositiveDeviance CoOperative Revolutions/Devolutions, the what goes up must also at least partially come back down, and what grows out must also economically recess back in, a more Syntropic 1st Original Intent Principle of Open Matriarchal Framing-From-Mutually-WithIn Ego-EcoSystem, or Yang v Yin, just to keep the regeneratively complex from becoming too stressfully, and degeneratively, chaotic. But, if Holmgren was familiar with Buckminster Fuller's Synergetic EcoSystemic Theory, he might also have chosen Precessive Political Culture v Recessive Economic Culture. Precessive toward prophecies of Diastasis-PolyCulturally Convex-Complex upward and outward development trends implying their reverse double-binding inevitability of Recession toward ReAcclimation ConCave-Within-Embryonic, where Convex is the top of a forward surfing wave of temporal-flowing energy, and/or information, while concave is the subsequent creolizing trough, the renewing ebb of what had been that precessive crest, now reacclimating inward and downward, more deeply resonant toward a renewing polyculturally inclusive balance. Regardless of Fuller's balloons with growing and ebbing synergy/entropy, information implying double-binding reverse-appositional binomial exformation, these are culturally oppositional categories. We might heuristically assume each represents an appositional tension, with all the cultural risks of revolutionary eruptions growing toward violence and capitalistic-repressive recessive despair, and all the multicultural opportunities of evolving re-creative regenerative tensions toward therapeutic midway Tipping Points of ecosystemic ecological balance, cooperatively sustainable at both highly localized and global-planetary scales of co-redemptive ecopolitical co-empathic trust, more culturally dominant, more sustainable, than mutually antipathic distrust. While this suggests our hopes lie in our combined powers of cooperatively active love and our degenerative despair lies within any further stressing increases in uneven powers, terrorizing showers, of competitive (and increasingly rabid over-populated behavior of elites v non-elites) monoculturing monopolistic monochromatic monotheistic disdain, fueling each ego's sense of selfish competitive gain at the expense of others', including future generations', zero-sum entropically inevitable loss; reacting to each other defensively as if we lived on a ClosedEcoSystemic Earth, which, of course, we don't unless anthro-supremacists choose to continue playing these uber capitalist-colonialist-industrial zerosum Exhausted Games. Holmgren helpfully adds a chart of comparative/contrasting characteristics of his Industrial v Sustainable Cultures, which I will supplement in brackets intending to nuance these EitherOr oppositional cultures, into a more regenerative BothAnd appositional bilateral enculturation, premised on LeftBrain Yang falling back in love with RightBrain Yin: Yang-Capitalist Culture understoried with Yin-Cooperativist MultiCulture Non-renewable [ZeroSum] and Renewable [0-sum +/-,- notnot zero-fractal-squared equivalence], Linear [Continuous Growth] and Cyclical [Discontinuous, seasonal-spiral], Consumption and Storage [Recycling ReProduction toward 0-sum balance], Centralized [Patriarchal-Nationalistic] and Distributed Network [Matriarchal-Cooperative Co-Ownership and EcoSystemic Governance], Large and Small [Universal/Unitarian, polycultural/polypathic] Fast [already paid-out-forward yield] and Slow[ing surfing, toward 0-waste stream] Positive and Negative [Positive = double-bind LoseLose appositional WinWin] Centre [Yang, Ego] and Edge [Yin-Yin eco-bilateral Tipping Points] Episodic change [monoculturing anthrocentric LeftBrain supremacy] and Rhythmic stability [Left-Right polyculturing nutritional health and safety] Reductionist [LeftBrain deductive landscape] and Wholistic [RightBrain inductive-affective climate health/pathology] Masculine [positive-Yang Win-Y] and Feminine [Matriarchal X/X double-bind, dipolar co-arising, +/-,- Yin-squared WinWin] Holmgren's chart of this massive tsunami, of both human population and consumption of fossil-fueled energy, crests right now where you and I are living together and is now beginning a growing permacultural-regenerative cooperative de-spiraling descent back down to a healthy and multiculturally safe population base by 2500 that is modestly increased over the year 1500. Suddenly, rising in these DisUniting States playing LoseLose ecopolitical Trump cards, I realize how far our kids have to fall together.

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Date: 3/24/2017 10:41:00 AM
Gerald, what does your wife think? : ) Imagine if Thomas Malthus lived a little later on, and saw the Industrial Revolution, or our present state of the world. I would generalize that "things are often not as bad (or as good) as they look." That said, what good is a system if it is unsustainable? I think our current way clearly cannot be maintained, and there will come a tipping point - probably quite late in the game when things are dire indeed. Then, our response.
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Doug Vinson
Date: 3/24/2017 11:05:00 AM
If we are in the time of "peak oil" - and I think there are very good reasons to think so - then it's a profound deal. I will say that the 'peak' seems to have been extended, due to new technology (and higher prices), and this may go on for some years, even decades.
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Doug Vinson
Date: 3/24/2017 11:01:00 AM
Wow, fast reply, Gerald, and I stand corrected! I also should have focused more on energy and fossil-fueled energy; it's a long-standing interest of mine. One very important way to gauge a civilization is how much energy is produced and consumed, and even a leveling-off, there, for us, let alone a trend reversal, would be enormous.
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Gerald Dillenbeck
Date: 3/24/2017 10:51:00 AM
Doug Appreciate your nuanced outlook and I agree both that we seem to be on the same wave-length, while exactly what that length's duration may be is not an exact science. You might be interested in the Tellus Institute, they do interesting trend analyses regarding Great Transition. With warm regard Gerald Oliver And, oh yes, I have an African American husband and four adopted kids--no wife.
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Doug Vinson
Date: 3/24/2017 10:45:00 AM
You, I, Holmgren and others would likely disagree about our exact point in the grand cycle, but our course is clear, IMO. Yes, there is a long way to fall. I think the U.S. is clearly in decline, and the built-up-over-many-decades expectations of things getting "better and better" are in trouble.