By Jeff Vail
A thought OF energy - In his penetrating research of the constitution of energy and the human , Jeff Vail unravels the functioning of our global and proposes a middle inspiration of styles of power-relationships. This ancient critique of hierarchy sweeps from anthropology and psychology to economics and politics, finally featuring a version for a sustainable, human-compatible destiny. "A conception of Power" is the main cutting edge method of anarchist idea in a new release, breaking unfastened from the chains of earlier dogma and integrating the most up-tp-date wisdom of the functioning of our global.
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We must confront hierarchy with its opposite: rhizome. Rhizome acts as a web-like structure of connected but independent nodes, borrowing its name from the structures of plants such as bamboo and other grasses. By its very nature, rhizome exhibits incompatibility with such critical hierarchal structures as domestication, monoculture-agriculture, division of labor and centralized government. Unlike hierarchy, rhizome cannot suffer exploitation from within because its structure remains incompatible with centralization of power.
By breaking the meme’s control over our wants, needs 4. 5. 6. Our genetic ontogeny—the course of humanity’s evolution in the setting of small, hunter-gatherer tribes—is what most defines us. Paul Shepard, in “Traces of an Omnivore”, explores the concept and its conflict with our modern lives in great depth. For most of us, our formal education never gave us the owner’s guide to our bodymind that we deserve. See “Prometheus Rising” and “Quantum Psychology” by R. A. Wilson, “Mind Wide Open” by Steven Johnson, “The Strucutre of Magic” by Richard Bandler and John Grinder and “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P.
As tribes proved inadequate to handle such problems as mobilizing populations for large irrigation projects or coordinating larger-scale warfare, those groups that chanced upon more centralized control reaped the evolutionary advantage. 14 Stemming from the Share-Out concept of redistribution, those individuals who consistently provided greater harvests or catches would gain prestige by sharing with more needy group members in difficult times. The process of sharing surpluses eventually led individuals to join the production efforts of a single Big Man to both gain from their prestige and share in their success (superior management skill) in harvest.