Category Archives: Uncivilization

What Happened at Wild Roots, 4

Slowly Wild Roots came to feel more like home. The buildings and stations on the property were connected by a main trail system that curved around our stream, which we called Squeaky Frog. At the entrance was the Rat Shack, which hosted a library and annex where we kept all our snacks. When I arrived […]

What Happened at Wild Roots, 3

Wild Roots began about fifteen years back, when some burnt out activists, anarchists, and rewilders decided to take a break from politics and learn primitive skills. One woman in this founding group had a sister with a lot of money, from an inheritance or something, and the sister agreed to buy the land needed for […]

What Happened at Wild Roots, 1

Finding Wild Roots was a hell of an adventure, emphasis on both the hell and the adventure. The commune was tucked away in some secret corner along a dangerously winding mountain road, so the travel wasn’t like the interstate hitchhiking I was used to. At one point I got picked up by a truck driver who was […]

What Happened At Wild Roots

In 2017 I began my uncivilization project, hoping to explore the possibility of living a primitive life in the modern age as an alternative to revolution. The project, or at least the main goal, predictably failed, but during the course of it I explored a number of U.S. states and ended up on a primitivist […]

Notes concluding the uncivilization project

I. Introduction In the months since leaving Wild Roots, I have felt a powerful sense of defeat. Something about my vision for the Uncivilization project was fundamentally wrong or unachievable. But I couldn’t quite identify what that something was, and, as a result, my defeat fed itself, tempting me to close the Wild Will Project […]

The Snakelet

Source: The following is a story by Aleksandar Prokopiev, taken from Best European Fiction 2015. It captures beautifully my feelings when I re-entered the city. He found the snakelet at the very beginning of his solitary life, and now, after five years of living together, they had the same trust in each other as close […]

Winter Rewilding 2017-2018

I have decided to continue with my uncivilization project for a while longer. The goal is to see how much independence from civilization I can achieve and be happy with. The hope is that by documenting the process, I will help others with similar goals. Winter Set-Up I’m spending the 2017-2018 winter in the city, […]

What Wild Roots Was Like

Shortly after starting the uncivilization project, I found a primitive skills community in Western NC known as Wild Roots. Ironically, I found it because Facebook had detected I liked primitive skills, so showed me a National Geographic article about the place. I have spent the past six months there, and while my time living there is […]

Addressing the Problem of Loneliness

So for the past six months I’ve been thinking about the problem of loneliness, which I wrote about in my previous post. I have come to realize that that post, while accurately portraying my perception of the problem for a few months and especially the last two weeks in Asheville, was not an accurate understanding […]