Tequila_Wolf

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

What makes me uncomfortable with a politics of desertion is the sense of responsibility I have to everything, including other people, and especially those who are presently suffering the most. I don't think I would want to merely move into an autarkic zone and focus on that primarily is because there are individuals I care about in particular and also a sense of caring about everything generally that makes me want my actions to be more broadly helpful.

Whether it's possible to be broadly helpful is not very clear to me. Helping someone today may just prolong the strangulation that civilisation and capitalism brings. And so to "make our best move towards the greatest autonomy/autarky we can find, always in such a way that in passing through space we free others in our wake just by opening up and enabling their sense of what is possible" is often the space I end up balancing on.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Deserter spaces are usually picked for being spaces that capital is largely uninterested in. More can be read about this is the two short sections of Desert starting here.

Not far from where I live, there are already places largely abandoned by capital and authority. Places with little to no functional water system, no real industry, nothing to mine. The land is a arable but nothing special and since there's not much water it's not a good investment to get involved in farming there. Interesting things could be done.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Have you deserted?

No. Right now I'm trying to build enough of an affinity group to make some version of this workable. But again, saying this only makes sense insofar as I'm projecting my own vision into the future. The world I make with others will look different.

How many people here have?

Haha, probably just you.

Is anyone able to full desert without remaining plugged in to some extent to survive?

With a few handfuls of people, and in the right places, I imagine it would be mostly possible. Getting your hands on some land, setting up some kind of resilient forest garden type of situation, a reliable water-source, and a renewable energy situation if you like.
I'd still want to access the rest of the world in order to share ideas and make ourselves known, so that'd involve some interaction with leviathan, but I'd be aiming for autarky at least insofar as, if you wanted, you could survive on just what you had there.