I strongly disagree with the first part of this sentence and it's something I see often repeated. I want to explain why I (no longer) think this.
The correct political project of today needs diverse ideologies working together. That I think we all can agree on.
Political action as it is currently understood requires ideological adherence and homogeneity. That is, you only get involved in political action with a group you agree with ideologically.
Homesteading (and being a producer generally) requires ideological flexibility and heterogeneity. People must put aside difference and work together if they want to get anything practical done.
If the goal is to disrupt large scale societal processes, which of these do you think is more complicit in keeping things are they are? The one where people stay in their in group or the one where people work together across difference?
Now show me a political movement with intellectual diversity, in which people are drawn together through common purpose and relationships with each other and place and I am the loudest advocate.
La via campesina, for example, is a political project that seeks to protect a positive vision for a way of *doing*. It is a big tent of ideologies brought together through love of practice. Hell yes to this.
So there's some nuance. I don't mean to paint all social movement activity with a broad brush. But there absolutely exists a version of the environmental movement that is in-group, ideologically pure and I find this type to be the *most* complicit in keeping things as they are.
One final point: MOST people think of things like XR when they think of how they can "get involved." I am in the *vast* minority in advocating for communities of practice as political action. Almost no one thinks of things like homesteading this way. That's why it needs advocacy.

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