Category Archives: Wild Reaction

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 […]

Wild Reaction Reading List

This list will be periodically updated. Feel free to contact me if you have any suggetions. Links are to free versions of the books online. A New Conservation Politics by David Johns Rewilding North America by Dave Foreman — See also “The Rewilding Program: Proposal for an Anti-Industrial Strategy“ Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching […]

The Rewilding Program: Proposal for an Anti-Industrial Strategy

Why Rewilding is Necessary Rewilding is the process of restoring nature, including human nature, to its unmanaged, wild state, primarily by decreasing human and technological control. For instance, to rewild river ecosystems downstream from a dam, we would remove the dam; to rewild animals, we would teach them necessary but lost survival skills and then […]

Wild Reaction: A Sketch

The last article I wrote on strategic thinking was years ago, entitled “Organization“; and, before that, “The Question of Revolution.” Both need to be updated, so here I will give a sketch of my strategic thinking as it stands today. Think of this as a preview of From Conservation to Reaction. See also “Notes on Revolution, […]

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 the Concept of “the System”

Ted Kaczynski (TK) repeatedly writes that a revolutionary movement needs an enemy. Variously he names the enemy as “modern technology,” “the industrial system,” “the techno-industrial system,” just “the system,” and, in addition to one of the foregoing, “the technician class.” But these terms are vague or unintuitive, they confuse the enemy of a revolutionary movement […]

Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How by Ted Kaczynski

A little while back, I received a book from the publisher of Kaczynski’s second book (see below). It requested that I do not put the contents of Kaczynski’s new book on my website, with the vague implication of legal action. It was probably sent at Kaczynski’s request.   Fortunately some people have already put PDFs […]

Take Back Conservation

Source In my 35 years as a conservationist, I have never beheld such a bleak and dreary situation as I see today. The evidence for my dismay falls into three categories: the state of Nature, the power of anticonservationists, and appeasement and weakness within the conservation and environmental movements. None of this is reason for […]