13. Is Permaculture a Political Movement?

Does the permaculture movement have a political agenda?

In this episode of the Permaculture Lifestyle podcast, I explore a wide range of opinions and perspectives on the question of whether practicing permaculture is an inherently political act.

Is it a leftist extension of the environmental movement? Is it perhaps libertarian, anarchist, or anarcho-capitalist in nature? Is capitalism a valid tool in the toolkit of the social permaculture designer?

One of the most appealing things about permaculture, for me, is that it appeals to a wide range of people from all across the political spectrum. But I do see ideologies butting heads from time to time within this space, and so I think it's really important that we confront these differences of opinion head-on and with an open mind.

What do you think? Is permaculture a political movement? Is any activity outside the sphere of the dominant culture inherently political? Do you feel like your passion for permaculture leaves you on the fringes of society, or are you lucky enough to be surrounded by a strong community of folks who share your values?

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About the Author

Sam Sycamore is a writer and homesteader located in Simpsonville, Kentucky. An avid gardener with a passion for wild foods and edible perennials, Sam loves to teach others about growing food, foraging, and finding purpose in the modern world. Contact Sam here, and keep up with his daily adventures on Instagram @doityoursammy.