Category Archives: Earth First!

Letter: Ted Kaczynski to Live Wild or Die (1998)

The following appeared in the seventh issue of Live Wild or Die, an eco-radical publication put out by a faction of Earth First! sometime in the 1990s. For more information on the trial, see “Explanation of Judicial Opinions,” “Ted Kaczynski and Why He Matters” and the lawyer Michael Mello’s book on the questionable legality of […]

What is the sound of one billboard falling?

Source derived from original article Ed and I sat in a fire tower above Aztec Peak, a 7,748-foot-high mountain in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. Slowly he stood up, grabbed a half-full carton of sour cream, walked outside the lookout tower, and heaved it far into the forest below. The container rested near the top of a tall […]

An Ecological View of the Indian

Source Most environmentalists tacitly assume that primitive people lived in ecological harmony with their surroundings, and had little impact on their habitat. Implicit in this assumption is the idea that the environmental ravages of Western civilization are the result of a fall from the primitive earthly paradise, and western European cultural roots are to blame […]

Technology and Mortality

Source “Education,” whether general or specifically related to family planning, is the nostrum most often mentioned as a solution to the world population crisis, usually based on statistics from developed countries correlating a rise in education levels with decreased birth rates. The fact is, like all technological solutions to technological problems, education programs have been […]

Technology-Free Zones

Source Because technology is at the heart of the ecological crisis, I propose the creation of technology-free zones. The nuclear-free zone movement has shown the way by placing initiatives on the ballot and lobbying local governments to approve anti-nuclear proclamations. My proposal would be more subversive and utopian, hence more patriotic and likely to succeed. […]

Rewilding and Biodiversity: Complementary Goals for Continental Conservation

Source Disputes about goals and methodology are nothing new in the nature conservation movement. Gifford Pinchot’s insistence on responsible use and John Muir’s emphasis on strict preservation have survived as distinct ideologies for nearly a century. Currently, conservationists are discussing and implementing two versions of science-based or science-informed methodologies for conservation. We refer to the […]

Book Review: Martha Lee, Earth First!

Source Martha Lee, Earth First! : Environmental Apocalypse. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1995. 208 Pp. Paper. Martha Lee’s book is the first in a new series of books on Religion and Politics sponsored by Syracuse University Press. This series focuses on contemporary religious movements and their involvement in politics, analysing them primarily in terms […]

The Real Wilderness Idea

Abstract — In recent years, some philosophers, historians and literary critics have condemned the “Received Wilderness Idea.” Close examination reveals that this Received Wilderness Idea is a literary/philosophical construct little related to the Real Wilderness Idea that conservationists have used to establish the National Wilderness Preservation System. Analysis of the origin of the word “wilderness,” the […]

Strategic Monkeywrenching

Taken from Chapter 1 of the seminal Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, edited by Dave Foreman and “Bill Haywood.” In early summer of 1977, the United States Forest Service began an 18 month-long inventory and evaluation of the remaining roadless and undeveloped areas on the National Forests and Grasslands of the United States. During […]