A History of Two Magazines: The Wildernist and Hunter/Gatherer

I’ve included on this site the archived issues of two magazines I helped run from 2014-2017: The Wildernist and Hunter/Gatherer.

The Wildernist

Homeless after high school, I travelled to North Carolina to find anarchists that had made the news during the Occupy Wall Street movement. I found them, and I worked with them on several anti-prison and anti-police projects. I was mostly disillusioned with what I had found, however, so I kept searching for ways to explain the unease I felt about the world around me. During this time a friend gave me an essay entitled “Industrial Society and Its Future,” and it explained my problems with modern society quite well. Later, however, I figured out that it was written by Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. I write about my thoughts on this revelation in Dark Mountain‘s “Ted Kaczynski and Why He Matters.” Suffice it to say, while I was uncomfortable with the authorship, I was convinced of the ideas.

I eventually wrote the man, intending to help with his goal of anti-industrial revolution. He wrote back, though the exchange was short-lived. From the first letter I sent onward, I spent time posting Kaczynski’s writings on the internet along with old writings from the early Earth First! movement. These are now on this site as the Ted Kaczynski Archive and the Earth First! Archive.

With several students at UNC, I formed a group we named “UNC Freedom Club (UNCFC).” The name was a reference to the initials “FC,” which Ted Kaczynski used to sign his communiques during his 17-year bombing campaign. Our main project was a magazine we entitled FC Journal. We published only one preliminary issue — “issue 0” — after which we realized we should probably change our name. So we dissolved UNCFC and changed the name of FC Journal to The Wildernist.

After Kaczynski broke with me I began working with some of his political associates, most of them based in Spain. The Wildernist was published during my work with them. It featured several original pieces, many high quality and with strong historical value. For example:

We also published some writings by Kaczynski’s associates. One, “The Myth of Erk,” was translated by Kaczynski himself. However, as I explain in the preface of my forthcoming book, Repent to the Primitive, I eventually broke from Kaczynski’s associates as well. This effectively ended The Wildernist. For a time another student became an editor while I started another, more personal publication entitled Hunter/Gatherer. But The Wildernist did not publish much after I left, so we ended the project and merged the teams of both publications.

Hunter/Gatherer

General-interest articles on nature and conservation were all well and good. But I felt the need to articulate my philosophy a little more exactly — and, in some cases, to figure out what I believed. So I started Hunter/Gatherer with a small group of other individuals, intending to publish the conversations we were having about these ideas. It turned out looking a little awkward, however. Of those who had the time to write, only a few were willing to write publicly; of those who were willing to write publicly, only I spoke English. In other words, most of the articles, despite being the product of a collective conversation, looked like the contradictory rantings of a single person — myself. I went on doing this until issue 2.1, at which point I decided I was sure enough of my beliefs to publish them in a book, a form much better suited to single authorship. With the completion of the book (Repent to the Primitive) I shut down Hunter/Gatherer.

Please note: I do not stand by all of the things I wrote in these magazines. In fact, some of the content is downright embarrassing. But I think it has some historical value, and the library scientist in me can’t throw it away. For an accurate depiction of my beliefs, see Repent to the Primitive.

2 Comments

  • Kauz says:

    So the Wildernist is done … Is there another zine you recommend? Well, one that isn’t filled w Neo Liberal Antifa ccrap?

    • admin says:

      You can keep up with our blog here, which will be publishing original articles. Otherwise I’m not sure, unfortunately.

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