Sao Paulo: Worthy of Wilderness on Feed 44

C4SS Feed 44 presents Grant A. Mincy‘s “Sao Paulo: Worthy of Wilderness” read by Thomas J. Webb and edited by Nick Ford.

“Sao Paulo is heavily industrialized and mechanized, however, and the financial sector demands sprawl. The city is heavily managed by zoning restrictions, creating spaces of capital, places of poverty and state enclosure. Social classes are integrated spatially, but infrastructure such as walls and security technologies isolate the wealthy and enforce social stratification. Urban planning revolves around capital. Sao Paulo is a top-down city ever pushing into the landscape. Its demand for resources is great.

As bad as the current situation is, though, the forest offers redemption. It is amazing what natural systems can teach us. When we consider natural systems, we see the simple turn to the complex in a great bottom up diversification of life. The wild functions under the fixed laws of nature. It is competition in a world of scarcity, mutualism among species of different kingdoms, cooperation among the three great domains of life and selection pressures that order the natural world. Looking to the complex order of the forest, a world free of archism is revealed.”

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