Ahem, libraries are not free. Your tax dollars bought everything you borrowed.
Tom OHern wrote:I've never paid a cent for my permaculture education. I've watched videos, borrowed books from the library,
Landon Sunrich wrote:First off I believe that everyone is entitled to the fruits of they're labor. You make something and its yours. But this becomes hazy when things don't have clear value. I mean, If I dig a hole in my yard pull out a glob of iron ore, smelt it and make a pot - I have concretely spent a certain amount of time and effort on something unique and tangible. Knowledge and experience are far less tangible and far more open to subjective interpenetration, especially as pertains to there value and how is one to know what the value of ( fill in the blank lets say for instance a session with an instructor).
And I do think knowledge should be freely shared and accessible.
Is that starting to get at an answer? I'd be happy to discuss this more - especially because I feel that an eco-agricultural-social revolution is quite possible the only positive way out of the mess that we've dug ourselves into. Things need to change. People need to act differently. If not us then who?
Landon Sunrich wrote: Many of these books are out of print, the authors are dead, and in any case the main people benefiting from their sale is the merchant and the publisher not the author. I'd think that sharing these sources in a way that didn't require wholesale deforestation and transportation would be beneficial to anyone in a permaculture mindset. Especially since the source of their value comes entirely from the knowledge which they contain.