Hunter-artisans and agro-corporates

There is an irony to the white-collar worker that advocates fiercely for a Paleo diet, because the relationship between corporate employees and freelance artisans echoes the relationship between agricultural and hunter-gatherer communities.

For linguistic simplicity, let’s condense our subjects across timelines into hunter-artisans and agro-corporates.

Hunter-artisans follow abundance. Life as a hunter-artisan allows for, and often requires, regular movement to new fertile spaces. Agro-corporates tend to root to one place for as long as possible.

Hunter-artisans tend to share resources within their community: food, tools, technique, knowledge. Agro-corporates protect resources via private property, trade-secrets, and patents.

Gifts and favors animate hunter-artisan economies, while salaries and taxes form the basis of agro-corporate economies.

Gender equality is prevalent in hunter-artisan communities (though not a requirement). Woman are frequently as powerful and influential as men. In agro-corporate cultures, patriarchy has prevailed for millennia.

In hunter-artisan communities, reputation within the group is vital; reputation outside the group is not relevant. In agro-corporate societies, the opposite is true.

Finally, it is curious to observe that the popularity of eating like a hunter-gatherer has reignited in parallel with the freelance economy. Call it the hunter-artisanal revolution.