In the late aughts Ted Kaczynski began corresponding with a radical environmentalist and animal rights activist from Spain. At the time, the man had published a handful of books known in the activist subculture as “zines,” the most important of which was a publication entitled Último Reducto (UR), “last stronghold,” a name he later adopted as his pseudonym. Over time, largely because of the influence of Kaczynski, UR came to reject his animal rights ideology in the name of spearheading the anti-industrial revolution Kaczynski advocated in his manifesto, “Industrial Society and Its Future.”
With several other associates from Spain (Ediciones Isumatag), Portugal, and Mexico (Ediciones Anónimos con Cautela), UR and others — who I will provisionally call “indomitistas” — spent time developing an anti-industrial ideology, translating Kaczynski’s works, and studying the history of radical environmentalist movements, primarily Earth First!. The most cohesive and impressive of their products was an internal newsletter, first published in 2012, known as El Boletín (EB). The newsletter featured several kinds of content:
- translations of radical environmentalist literature from the 70s-90s
- translations of Kaczynski’s texts
- original contributions from Kaczynski and the indomitistas
- reviews of books like Diamond’s Collapse or Weisman’s The World Without Us
The publication was significantly more professional than the amateurish zines the group had put out before: it had the qualities of a real academic publication, down to the typesetting. And as time went by, content shifted from mere translations and reviews to original, unique articles on radical ecology. They even got to ask the founder of Earth First!, Dave Foreman, some questions through an interview with David Skrbina. By its final issue, the newsletter had firmly established a strain of primitivism based on the biological sciences and a firm examination of radical ecological values.
Around 2014 I got involved with the group to produce an English-language corollary of the El Boletín project. This amounted to two college magazines, The Wildernist and Hunter/Gatherer, and a campaign to reappraise Kaczynski’s ideas. Eventually, beset by ideological disagreements, I left the group, but they continue to publish works mostly on the website Naturaleza Indómita.
The indomitista group is important because its ideas have had a far-reaching, if hard to track, influence on both the Spanish- and English-speaking worlds. Historically, it has similar qualities as the Fifth Estate group that helped spearhead the post-left variant of primitivism in the 70s. In fact, given the increasingly open hostility to “leftism” in the pages of EB, one can largely interpret the indomitistas as a response to the Fifth Estate primitivists, an attempt to articulate a more ecologically-based ideology, with updated anthropology and values less amenable to the dominant social system. It seems, too, that their influence will be comparable. In 2019, NY Magazine even put out an article on them and others influenced by Kaczynski, warning of the increasing importance of “Kaczynski moments“: that moment when people realize we are, in fact, in the midst of an ecological crisis, and something needs to be done about it.
These archives will include issues of El Boletín, translations of some of the articles, works by UR and others (including their early zines), and translations of any important works they produce in the future. If you know Spanish and would like to help with the translation efforts, please contact The Wild Will Project.