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 […]

Contemporary Applications of The Organizational Weapon

Communism is pre-eminently a movement based on will. Force is the final arbiter, vigorous intervention is the keynote, and victory goes to those who have the courage to see things through to the end. — Selznick, The Organizational Weapon In the 1950s the RAND Corporation published The Organizational Weapon, a monograph that examined bolshevik strategies and tactics […]

The Uses and Abuses of Movements and Subcultures

Causes Versus Movements Since the idea of rewilding as a radical politic is growing, it has come time to make a distinction between a movement and a cause. The cause of rewilding is simple: release nature from technological and human control, and restore it to the wild. The radical wing of rewilding recognizes, too, that […]

The History and Impact of Earth First!

Genesis Many workmen Built a huge ball of masonry Upon a mountaintop Then they went to the valley below, And turned to behold their work. “It is grand,” they said; They loved the thing. Of a sudden, it moved: It came upon them swiftly; It crushed them all to blood. But some had opportunity to […]