Podcast #289: Autonomy Through Agorism (Part 4) – Permaculture Connections to The Trivium, The NAP and The Practice of Living Purposefully


Jamin and I discuss how the Trivium method relates to Permaculture. Also covered: composting methods, Permaculture Principles, Permaculture Ethics, connections to the Non-Aggression Principle, connections to NVC, connections to the practice of living purposefully, Input-Process-Output

Do you have questions? Please submit them in the comments.

Bumper Music:
"Paradise City" (Instrumental Cover) - Karl Golden
"Moth" - moe.

Look Closer:
Jamin's Group - Agora et Agricola: the market and farm. - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1931500123655775/

Agorism Resources - http://agorism.info/

Design Principles of Permaculture - http://www.fincatresanillos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/designprinciples.jpg

Paul Wheaton, permies.com - http://www.permies.com/

Permaculture Design Principles Expansion - http://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/

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  1. What a great show, I have really enjoyed this series. I too have just begun doing some serious research and experimenting with different permaculture ideas. Thanks for all of the detailed information and entertaining conversation.

  2. Keep it up Brett. You are striking a wonderful balance and tone. Great info too! I especially appreciate how you don’t overly idealize liberty, voluntaryism, or the non-agression principle. It’s all too easy to react angrily (violently) in self defense when one realizes how deeply erosive, coercive, invasive and unnecessary The State, in all it’s authoritarian and collectivist forms, is to ourselves (being individuals worthy of trust, respect, privacy, and the freedom to create our own place in this world). I’d love to see you do an in depth series about Open Internet, online privacy, encryption, Ed Snowden (perhaps), Anonymous and hacking, Bitcoin, and the like. I imagine tying it in with, or relating it to your agorism series. It would be wonderful to find some liberty minded computer security experts, or hackers to talk about what’s going on in that “Wild West”. Things are changing very fast. End to end encryption is being talked about, but I also think we need to be talking about more detailed ways to protect ourselves from those who would seek to circumvent our privacy, like ways we can examine our local network traffic for signs of malware, keyloggers, screen captures, etcetera without relying solely on virus and malware scanners which are proven vastly ineffective (even to just talk about ways we can actually get a grip on the amount of information and data coming and going from these computers which are supposed to be under our control). It seems there are enough tools out there (forensic, analysis, hacking, penetration testing) for people without computer science degrees to start protecting, or at least examining themselves. We need to expand the computer diy culture, and start holding companies and organizations accountable for the software they build, and holding ourselves accountable for the software we install. We at least need to be aware of these threats to our liberty. Thanks for reading Brett!

  3. Lessons I have learned so far gardening and raising chickens.
    In hindsight I would have likely have chosen ducks instead of chickens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-qnBYxREOs Seems to be a lot less cost in feed. Also would have spent at least a year testing and amending the growing areas for my fruit trees to make sure it had an adequate level of nutrients before planting those trees. Five years after first planting fruit trees and they for the most part have been no fruit at all. A lot more success from blackberries and various herb plants though. Most of fruit trees are nice and green though, so they are getting nitrogen. Soil tests in my place show virtually no phosphorous. So now I play catch up with bone meal and other soil amendments to bring the phosphorus levels up to the required level. You can get home test kits for your soil for around 10 to 15 dollars. There is also State Agricultural Extensions for virtually every State in the USA which charge for soil test (usually around 20 dollars) In both cases, they usually can test for the three main nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) and also PH level. Most plants like PH neutral but some exceptions (like blueberries) want it more acidic. If you have lots of heavy clay soil (like me) consider raised beds or straw bale gardening. Well drained soil is important to avoid drowning the plants. Regarding soil testing, opinions vary about the reliability of soil test kits. Here is a way to test soil without the kit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU6_lqCzxf0 by a fellow who has experienced fluctuating accuracy with the home test kits. He has a set of videos on ways to assess and improve the soil over time.

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