Contemplating A Veganarchist Society
In his 1995 pamphlet, Animal Liberation and Social Revolution, Brian A. Dominick attempts to demonstrate that social change must include an understanding of social relationships, as well as the relationships between humans, non-human animals, and nature.
The following examines a number of historical ideas that, while not necessarily conceived as veganarchistic concepts, might very well prove to be influential regarding a prospective veganarchist society.
A concept pioneered by Robert Hart, forest gardening utilizes a wide diversity of carefully chosen plants that occupy several layers. This system aims to enable a family or small community to be self-sufficient, while promoting exercise in an unpolluted and stimulating environment.
Vegan permaculture differs from traditional permaculture in that it values "free living animals" and the roles they play within an ecosystem. To enable habitats and food sources to be available to animals that live naturally in the area, vegan permaculture systems can be designed accordingly.
Created as grassroots projects for reclamation, as well as local transformation of urban life and wasteland, community garden projects have often been beneficial for inspiring community action, self-organization, and local autonomy.
Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden, in New York City was one of the best-known examples of the community garden, until city authorities demolished it in 1986.
Garden City Movement
Based around the design of the urban environment, the garden city movement took place in the early decades of the twentieth century.
In his influential, 1902 book Garden Cities of Tomorrow (a revision of his 1898 Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform), Ebenezer Howard envisioned a town-country that would allow for social opportunities, freedom and co-operation while being under the ownership of the citizens.
The presentation of these concepts has not been intended to propagate ideology, but rather, to illuminate various possibilities that could inspire the creation of veganarchist communities, within which, humans might exist peacefully alongside each other, non-human animals, and the environment.
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McKay, George. 2011. Radical Gardening. London: Frances Lincoln Limited.
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