Category Archives: Uncivilization

Taking Rewilding Seriously

Source: The Dark Mountain Project It is, it seems, our civilisation’s turn to experience the inrush of the savage and the unseen; our turn to be brought up short by contact with untamed reality. — Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto Wildness is the Focus Rewilding has become something of a fad. The internet and libraries are […]

Why Comfort Isn’t an Argument for Industrial Society

Rewilding entails the breakdown and eventual annihilation of many modern technologies, certainly all the most foundational ones: electricity, roads, dams … (See Repent to the Primitive — forthcoming). When people hear this, they respond with a stock set of statements: “You can’t go back in time” (true); or, “The system is too powerful for us to defeat” […]

Into the Wild: Another Poisonous Plant Fable?

Source (buy book for cited sources) At nearly every workshop or presentation that I have given over the last ten years, I have been asked my opinion about Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild. “You should read it!” I was advised, dozens of times. Many people outlined the story for me, dwelling especially on the […]

Getting Started with Plant Identification: Report from a Beginner

For the past several weeks I’ve been immersing myself in botany and plant and mushroom identification. Here are some tips I’ve learned so far. Read more updates on my uncivilization project. When trying to learn how to identify plants, a common first move is to buy an edible plant identification guide (with a key). I did […]

Why I Decided to Uncivilize Without Money

In the traditional culture, villagers provided for their basic needs without money. They had developed skills that enabled them to grow barley at 12,000 feet … People knew how to build houses with their own hands from the materials of the immediate surroundings … Now, suddenly, as part of the international money economy, Ladakhis find […]

Uncivilization: Jacobi

I am a 21-year-old who was raised in small towns and cities my entire life. Although I have learned a lot about conservation practice through independent reading, and I have some wilderness skills, my knowledge is quite limited, not at all good enough to survive independently of civilization for any lengthy amount of time. In […]