A common request among those who are interested in The Wildernist and Wildism is a list of reading materials that covers the basics of our thought and the theory, strategy, and history that informs it. The following is the 2015 version of the list. If you have any suggestions regarding additional texts, feel free to email the editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildism is a new movement, and some of the texts are still in languages other than English. However, all movement texts in English are available in The Wildist Library at Wildism.org. Pay particular attention to the following:
- “Industrial Society and Its Future” and Technological Slavery by Ted Kaczynski. One of the most important texts of the movement, “ISAIF,” outlines the threat industrial technology presents to freedom and wild nature. More texts by the author can be found in his book, Technological Slavery. See the “history” section below for more information about Ted Kaczynski.
- “Leftism: The function of pseudo-critique and pseudo-revolution in techno-industrial society” by Ultimo Reducto. Wildist Ultimo Reducto outlines the meaning of leftism and the threat it presents to a revolutionary movement against industry.
- “The Truth about Primitive Life” by Ted Kaczynski. A criticism of the anarcho-primitivist movement and its tendency to romanticize hunter/gatherer life. Given that Wildism is sometimes mixed up with anarcho-primitivism, this article is extremely important to read for people new to our thought.
- “The Revolutionary Importance of Science” by John Jacobi. In a response to “green” anarchist Alex Gorrion, John Jacobi outlines the reasons science is the best tool we have to gain actionable and correct knowledge about the world.
The two histories especially relevant to Wildists are the history of early Earth First! and the history of Ted Kacznski. As the pieces by Lee, Wolke and Foreman show, contemporary Earth First! is almost nothing like it was originally, so those new to Wildism should be careful to distinguish between the two periods.
- Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse by Martha Lee. Criticized by some for her central thesis (that Earth First! was originally a millenarian movement), the text nevertheless holds up as one of the most well-sourced accounts of the early history of Earth First! Documents Lee used can be found at The Talon Conspiracy and the Environment & Society website.
- Confessions of an Eco-Warrior by Dave Foreman.
- “Earth First!: A Founder’s Story” by Howie Wolke.
- History of Ted Kaczynski. The editorial team knows of no good text about Kaczynski and his campaign against industry from 1978 to 1995. However, we do encourage those looking into the history of Ted Kaczynski to include the following texts in their reading:
- “On the Question of Technological Slavery: A Reply to Campbell and Lipkin” by David Skrbina. A philosophy of technology professor at the University of Michigan defends Kaczynski’s ideas as presented in the manifesto, and questions the origins of the dominant dismissive response Kaczynski received.
- “Why the future doesn’t need us” by Bill Joy. The founder of Sun Microsystems, who could easily have received one of the Unabomber’s packages, says quite clearly that Kaczynski was right.
- Truth vs. Lies by Ted Kaczynski; “Note on ‘Road to Revolution‘” by Ted Kaczynski; and “Note about the existence of texts falsely attributed to Ted Kaczynski” by Ultimo Reducto. Many distortions, misunderstandings, and outright lies have circulated around almost all aspects of Kaczynski’s story. These texts should set the record straight. Truth vs. Lies can be requested from the University of Michigan Special Collections Library (The Labadie Collection).
- Communiques of Freedom Club. These are the letters sent by Kaczynski when he operated as Freedom Club during his campaign against industry from 1978 to 1995. Some old, inaccurate, or incomplete versions of this text exist on The Anarchist Library or the blog El Tlatol, so, for the sake of accuracy, links should only point to the Wildism.org version.
Civilization and Collapse
- The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter.
- Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. A good companion text to this book is an essay, also by Diamond, entitled “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race.”
- Collapse by Jared Diamond.
- 30 Theses by Jason Godesky. This text was written by an anarcho-primitivist, contains some factual errors, and encourages values (such as “diversity”) that are not encouraged by or are opposite to the values encouraged by Wildists. However, some sections, especially #29, summarize ideas on civilization in a way that has not been done elsewhere. So for the 2015 reading list, we do recommend people look over Godesky’s arguments.
- Cultural Materialism by Marvin Harris. Harris combines the ideas of Marx, Darwin, and Malthus, among others, to devise a theory about “the universal structure of society.” Indispensable for an understanding of culture and how it works. The Wildernist team would only like to note that Harris was almost certainly wrong about the effects of human biology and human nature on culture (see the texts below).
- The Adapted Mind by Cosmides and Tooby. Known as “the bible of evolutionary psychology,” Cosmides and Tooby outline the theoretical foundations of and various case-studies using a psychology that works with, rather than against, recent findings in the biological sciences.
- The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker. Pinker uses ideas from evolutionary psychology to eloquently argue for a human nature and its affects on our society. Keep in mind that Pinker is a humanist who argues for values that are contrary to the Wildist concern for autonomy, nature, and wilderness.
- Consilience by E. O. Wilson. Evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson outlines the idea of “consilience”: that science can be a unified enterprise, with findings from various fields, including the social sciences, informing and learning from various other fields.
- The Organizational Weapon by Philip Selznick. An analyst from the RAND Corporation delves deep into the psychology and tactics of the Bolsheviks. In reading this book, Wildists should be careful to separate relevant from irrelevant tactics based on other movement texts, since the Bolsheviks were neither a model group of revolutionaries nor a model group of human beings.
- Rewilding North America by Dave Foreman. Foreman, Michael Soule, Reed Noss and others are at the forefront of the conservation movement with their ideas on rewilding, wildlife corridors, and wildlife restoration areas. Their science-based conservation strategy has made real, tangible demands that The Wildernist’s editorial team believes should be considered as a potential basis for our no-compromise efforts against industry.