Co-opting the Coop: What’s the real cost of homesteading’s new hipness?

Link: Co-opting the Coop: What’s the real cost of homesteading’s new hipness?

ayiman:

provocatoria:

spiralingoutwards:

The mainstream appropriation of poor skills might sell books, but it might also be detrimental to the people who do depend on these skills for survival. Simply put, the appropriation of poor skills by the mainstream can end up further marginalizing already marginalized populations who still rely on those skills.

Mad love to this piece. Important things to keep in mind as I look towards my future home in the country.

But for large portions of the poor and immigrant classes, homesteading skills are still survival skills. Can you really have a rebirth of something that never actually died out in the first place?

There is something really foul about privileged trendsetters discovering chores for the first time, and acting like it’s a hot new thing.

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