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The Primitivist Tradition

Introduction The political ideology of primitivism is experiencing something of a revival, but because it has included so many elements and ideas, it is sometimes hard to parse what the term signifies. Here I outline, in rough form, the boundaries of the primitivist tradition, with specific comments on a distinct strain that has been responsible […]

A Problem with Labels: Primitivism, Anarchism, Nihilism

Ideologically the ideas espoused here are a variant of primitivism, distinct mostly because it eschews romantic and utopian ideas about human nature for more conservative ones. The politics derived from it belongs to the anarchist tradition because of the emphasis on autonomy — there could certainly be authoritarian and fascist versions of primitivism. But I’ve […]

Interview on Critical of Capital Podcast: Biocentrism, Leftism, Earth First!, and More…

I talked a little with the guys behind Critical of Capital podcast. We discussed the meaning of “leftism,” problems with biocentrism, the history of Earth First!, Ted Kaczynski, and a bunch of other interesting topics. Articles relevant to the discussion include: More Truths About Primitive Life The Truth About Primitive Life by Ted Kaczynski A […]

More Truths About Primitive Life

Note: While I provide a list of sources below, I do not provide in-line citations for this essay, which can easily be found online. I may add them if this is ever published anywhere other than online. The sources listed at the bottom of the essay review all of the cited evidence and more in […]

A Critique of the Nomadic Hunter / Gatherer Ideal

Animus Delendi translated this essay into Spanish. Contradictions in the Reasoning Ted Kaczynski (TK) suggests a nomadic hunter/gatherer (NHG) ideal, because, he claims, a movement needs a positive ideal as much as it needs an enemy. On the other hand, he says that it would be impossible to control post-collapse conditions and in fact imagines […]

Letters: Ted Kaczynski to David Skrbina (Sept 2004)

For the endnotes to these letters, please refer to the PDF of Technological Slavery. You can also view HTML versions of all correspondence between David Skrbina and Ted Kaczynski, as well as all the texts in the book. I think that as a preliminary to answering your letter of July 27, it would be a […]

Letters: Ted Kaczynski to David Skrbina (Jan-Aug 2004)

For the endnotes to these letters, please refer to the PDF of Technological Slavery. You can also view HTML versions of all correspondence between David Skrbina and Ted Kaczynski, as well as all the texts in the book. 2 Jan 2004 I’ve been able to identify only three ways (apart from modest reforms) in which […]

Letter: Ted Kaczynski to J.N. (29 April 2001)

The following is taken from Ted Kaczynski’s 2010 book Technological Slavery. You write, “Watching a documentary on a tribe of Amazon Indians, I found that their life was as ordered as any modern man’s … their day seemed as regimented as an office worker’s.” You reached this conclusion on the basis of one documentary that you […]

Marcos Loves Modernization

I see from Green Anarchy No.6, page 7, that Jesús Sepúlveda says the Zapatistas are resisting modernization. If that’s true, then they had better get rid of Subcomandante Marcos, ¡muy pronto! The good Subcomandante is no opponent of modernization. Here are some quotes from a speech that he gave during the Zapatistas’ recent march on Mexico City: […]

The Truth About Primitive Life: A Critique of Anarcho-Primitivism

1. As the Industrial Revolution proceeded, modern society created for itself a self-congratulatory myth, the myth of “progress”: From the time of our remote, ape-like ancestors, human history had been an unremitting march toward a better and brighter future, with everyone joyously welcoming each new technological advance: animal husbandry, agriculture, the wheel, the construction of […]