Chris Smaje,

Chris Smaje

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Chris:

Commons and households in a small farm future

There are four key aspects of commons, which I call the four ‘E’s’ – commons are usually extensive, elemental, extra and/or exclusive. → Read More

The Collective, The Individual and the Big Man: A Note on Small Farms, Racism and the Media

The Land Magazine has just published a long article from me in which I sketch some key issues facing small farm societies of the future. → Read More

Least worst politics

But, precisely because they’re not utopian, agrarian localisms do have their difficulties, and it’s these that I’ll try to explore... → Read More

How I grew, and lost, a rainforest

Let me begin by reprising the tale of our woodland here at Vallis Veg, which I’ve previously discussed here, among other places. → Read More

It isn’t nice to block the courtroom…

Nobody can possibly say how these complex intersecting crises will pan out. For sure, nobody can say that they’re certain to pan out well. → Read More

Two hundred miles from Hartlepool

I think we’d all be better off if we focused on creating more actual jobs in local farming. After COP26, they may arise by design or default. → Read More

Some further thoughts on organic fertility

I’m going to continue my theme from my last post about organic fertility in future farming, picking up on some comments. → Read More

What if a revolution in our relation to land unlocked a revolution of the imagination?

In today’s episode we bring together Josina Calliste, a health professional and community organiser who is one of the co-founders of Land in Our Names (LION), a black-led collective addressing land inequalities affecting black people and people of colour’s ability to farm and grow food in Britain, and Chris Smaje, author of the book ‘A Small Farm Future‘ and the brilliant blog of the same name. → Read More

Going nuclear

Can we transition from our present high energy, high carbon civilization to a future high energy, low carbon one based around nuclear power? → Read More

No easy answers: a response to Alex Heffron and Kai Heron

the small farm futures I write about in my book won’t occur unless some of them are decided in favour of the cultivating/working classes. → Read More

Turning the clock forward

It would be better to found a renewable culture, so then nuclear power is what Duncan McLaren nicely calls a “technology of prevarication”. → Read More

Arguing for a small farm future

Even though the idea of a small farm future is currently marginal to mainstream thought, it’s probably the best future now available, → Read More

Both hands now – an introduction to ‘A Small Farm Future’

Today begins my cycle of posts commenting on, expanding and perhaps occasionally qualifying the analyses in my book A Small Farm Future. → Read More

A sociological farmer speaks…and answers questions about a Small Farm Future

With A Small Farm Future launching, it seems a good time to start the cycle of blog posts about its themes that I’m planning to run. → Read More

Building regional autonomies for a small farm future

If people add specifics about their locality and their region, this will help generate some rethinking of agrarian localism. → Read More

Outside the Hive

The malaise lies in the way that we have made ourselves into a hive culture.The collective intelligence of humanity is that of the social ape → Read More

Collapse: a Helpful Guide for the Perplexed

Joseph Tainter on collapse: “A society has collapsed when it displays a rapid, significant loss of an established level of sociopolitical complexity” (p.4). → Read More

Why Oil Didn’t Save the Whales – and Why it Matters

A talking point among those who believe that new technological developments are the key to solving environmental problems is that “oil saved the whales”. → Read More

Some Questions Concerning Violence

Can our politics defuse the systemic violence of racism in our midst right now? What chances for defusing the violence involved in future death zones? → Read More

The Population Problem Problem

A while ago I wrote a post probing critically at the idea that human population levels were at the root of our contemporary environmental problems. → Read More