[extropy-chat] "Hierarchical power is out"
thespike at satx.rr.com
Thu Dec 21 23:18:08 UTC 2006
At 03:00 PM 12/21/2006 -0800, Jef wrote:
>If four of the five farmers adopt
>the new technology, but the fifth resists due to, say, religious
>beliefs, then it's likely that he would lose his livelihood due to being
>unable to effectively compete. In such a case, is he being coerced?
On the face of it, yes--by those who instilled and patrol his
religious beliefs. But if he'd resisted on the basis of a
sophisticated and reasoned permacultural understanding, while the
other four rapaciously denuded their plots and as a side consequence
disrupted his local ecology as well... who is coercing whom? As we
agree, semiosis is contextual; the boundaries of context are decided
by what amounts to political acts (constrained in the long run, it's
true, by the physics of the world we share, whether or not we grasp
its regularities, affordances and complex interactions).
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