Category Archives: Reflections

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 […]

Overcoming the Overpopulation Problem: A Sketch for Discussion

Preliminaries I Anarchist dogmatism. The contemporary anarchist line on overpopulation is a perfect example of how you shouldn’t think. They reject even dabbling in what might smell like fascism, what might smell like totalitarianism, what might seem dangerous or threatening to their pre-established ideals. It is what I faced, for example, when I spoke constantly of […]

Toward a Critique of Industrial Medicine

Introduction The medical industry is often counted as one of the great achievements of modernity. Certainly some medical technologies are amazingly effective, and a few are indispensible for modern man in modern conditions. Nevertheless, I do not think it is an overstatement to say that the medical industry has, on the whole, been a net […]

Resurrecting Dionysus

Note the typically religious man — a form of decadence? The great innovations are, one and all, morbid and epileptic; but are we not leaving out the religious man who is pagan? Is the pagan cult not a form of thanksgiving and affirmation of life? Must not its supreme representative itself be a defence and […]

A Provisional Synthesis

I Two great knowledge-systems rule the contemporary world: the morality of humanism and the metaphysics of science. Both are struggling to fight the decaying force of nihilism, toward which all knowledge systems are converging. But their struggle is helpless: soon we will hurl both into the black abyss. II Humanism and science exist to bind […]

Cosmos as Divinity

The following is a section from an old essay of mine, “The Foundations of Wildist Ethics” (section III.B) It explains a little more what I’ve been reaching toward in Meditation Notes 1, 2, and 3. See also “Finding God in Wild Nature.” Once the supernatural is abolished with the razor of scientific thinking, one necessarily realizes […]


I “Compared with the man who has tradition on his side and needs no reasons for his actions, the free spirit is always weak, especially in his actions. For he knows too many motives and standpoints, and is therefore uncertain, awkward. By what means, then, can he be made relatively strong, so that he can […]

Notes on Humanism and Progressivism

I Humanism is the dominant ideology of world society. “Humanism” here means a morality that sets justice, equality, and peace as its ideals, and that considers the sphere of moral consideration to be the whole human species. “Dominant” here is a measure of power, not popularity. Most of the world population, by numbers, may not […]

Notes on Revolution, or Reaction

I My early disbelief in revolution was cured rather effectively by studying the history of revolutions, by a book explaining the Bolsheviks’ radical political tactics, and by a book explaining the psychology of mass movements. All were the result of suggestions from Ted Kaczynski when we corresponded. Of course, all radicals have goals and purposes […]

A Critique of Repent to the Primitive

Problems in Repent to the Primitive The basic anti-industrial critique — of Freud, of Kaczynski, of Mumford, of Illich, of Shepard — is that industrial society does not adequately satisfy human needs. I argue as much in Repent to the Primitive, outlining the following basic argument: Human beings (and perhaps nonhumans) possess a will with […]