Wow, some great thoughts here, ladies (women?).
Ann, I agree with pretty much everything you said, esp. the part(s) about corporations. And the dearth of leadership, at least in some part to way too many advise-and-consent (but do nothing) people, who have seemed to proliferate in the last few decades. Who, really, would run for public office now a days other than the most thick-headed? You'd be nuts to want to put your family through that. But I digress.
Erica, I had some interesting thoughts while reading your post. I know someone who attended Sepp Holzer's advanced training workshop at the Place of Gathering in MT. She had very mixed feelings about it, because she really felt that he came in and instantly imposed a design across the landscape and that there was a lot of damage done to living things (whole nests of baby turtles), etc. during that wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am process. I do believe that sometimes there may have to be short-term damage done in order to instigate larger, whole-systems healing and restoration, but our whole cultural mindset does tend to originate from that "stand-aside here, folks and let me show ya how it's done" and so we miss how much of it we do. All the time. So much so that we don't even recognize how deep and prevalent that belief is in ourselves and our culture. (BTW, not trying to Sepp-bash here, but my friend is a long-time permie and very experienced and it was interesting to hear her feedback.) Loved your thoughts on observations of the land and relationships as well.
I actually skipped Chapter 13 - just ran out of time. Will plan on finishing this one, though and then heading back.
Is it down to us three at this point?