April 19, 2019 - The History of New Zealand through a Libertarian Anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

1425: Moa and Lancewood

February 20, 2019


The little tree with PTSD about being eaten by a moa. Well, it does!

Lancewood, the Pseudopanax crassifolius. It takes 15-20 years to grow above the height of a moa at which point it morphs into proper tree form.

Moa are, of course, extinct, so when this tree calms down about having outlived its natural predator perhaps it can spend less time in this spindly form we sell it in. I’d be fascinated to discover that that 15-20 year period was dropping but the observational time-scale will, alas, be more years than my human lifespan.

Question: Isn’t this more natural history? How to you jam this information into an anarchist narrative, Rick?

Answer: It’s an ecological metaphor for market forces, deferred development, and offsetting behaviour. Duh.

note: c.1425 the last moa became extinct so far as we yet can prove

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