Category Archives: Reflections

Reading List: Rewilding Theory

This list will be periodically updated. To receive notifications of these updates, subscribe to our monthly mailing list. For a reading list on the praxis of rewilding, see “Wild Reaction Reading List.” Human Nature Human Ethology by Irenaus Eibl-Eibesfeldt — A comprehensive overview of the biological roots of human behavior. The first chapter delves into […]

The Attitude of Trump’s Administration Towards Environmentalism

Originally posted on Medium At the time of writing this article, President Trump has been in office for 1 year and 96 days. Within this relatively short amount of time the Trump administration began pulling from the Paris Agreement; proposed over a 20% cut for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) funding; approved the Keystone XL […]

Response to Critique of Human Rewilding

I largely agree with Jonah’s critique of the concept of human rewilding, but he seems to misunderstand my emphasis on the concept. He’s right: human rewilding “an utterly hopeless project until civilization has collapsed.” I write as much in “Taking Rewilding Seriously,” saying that “we can’t teach humans skills to rewild and then tell them […]

Critique of the Concept of Human Rewilding

Several times in Jacobi’s work has an unworkable theory of the psyche emerged: In “A Less Provisional Synthesis,” last paragraph, second section: “the creator is more a discoverer of values.” This same theory is advanced in “Very Heady Stuff.” It has been used for a long time, or rather, it has been asserted but not […]

Evolutionary Dead-Ends

Source: Collapse of Industrial Civilization “It may seem impossible to imagine that a technologically advanced society could choose, in essence, to destroy itself, but that is what we are now in the process of doing.” ~ Elizabeth Kolbert Have things improved since I wrote my last essay a year ago for this blog? Have we miraculously transformed […]

Response to an Eco-Socialist Critique of Ted Kaczynski

Protean magazine recently published a critique of primitivist, specifically Kaczynskian, thought based on the New York Magazine article, “Children of Ted.” Primarily the article, written by Conor Arpwell of the Democratic Socialists of America, critiques primitivism on the basis that it is “ableist,” or oppressive to disabled minorities; as an alternative Arpwell advocates eco-socialism, which […]

Humanism and Civilization’s Moral Idols

The following is a condensed summary of my thoughts on humanism and nihilism. It pulls sections from essays, notes, etc. that regular readers may have already come across, and I apologize for the repetitiveness. Consider it a necessary consolidation phase before The Idols of Progress. Background I In Repent to the Primitive I explain that human […]

The Parable of the Magician

In Repent to the Primitive, p. 49, I write: Consider a parable. A magician, through a great feat of sorcery, creates a golem that provides everything he needs. The catch? The magician must continually offer the golem his blood. The golem, who wants to survive and carry out its purpose, develops techniques that encourage the […]