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A Critique of the Nomadic Hunter / Gatherer Ideal

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 that agriculture will inevitably arise where the […]

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 […]

Reprint: Primitivism without Catastrophe

Reprinted from Ritual Magazine. Every good idea needs a selling point. The selling point of the all-encompassing ideology that can go by any name from “anarcho-primitivism” to “anti-civilization thinking” is that modern techno-industrial civilization is destroying the human race, and if we want to stop this destruction, we have to destroy civilization. It’s a matter […]

Primitivism and the “Regressive Left”

Among the weak arguments against Progress, there is the peculiar case of dominant ideologies hosting factions that reject it in the name of dominant values. The so-called “regressive left” is an example of this from humanism. The regressive left argues that Western civilization embodies power structures that prevent it from living up to humanist or post-humanist […]