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Book Review: Martha Lee, Earth First!

Source Martha Lee, Earth First! : Environmental Apocalypse. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1995. 208 Pp. Paper. Martha Lee’s book is the first in a new series of books on Religion and Politics sponsored by Syracuse University Press. This series focuses on contemporary religious movements and their involvement in politics, analysing them primarily in terms […]

The Real Wilderness Idea

Abstract — In recent years, some philosophers, historians and literary critics have condemned the “Received Wilderness Idea.” Close examination reveals that this Received Wilderness Idea is a literary/philosophical construct little related to the Real Wilderness Idea that conservationists have used to establish the National Wilderness Preservation System. Analysis of the origin of the word “wilderness,” the […]

Remarks, Glen Canyon Dam, Spring Equinox, 1981

Edward Abbey’s remarks at “the cracking of Glen Canyon Dam.” Greetings. How nice to be back in Page—or Paje, Arizona—shithead capital of Coconino County. We are gathered here today to celebrate three important occasions: the rising of the full moon, the arrival of the Spring Equinox, and the imminent removal of Glen Canyon Dam. I […]

Nature More, Vol. 0, No. 0

The Earth First! Newsletter before it was named the Earth First! Newsletter. To: The Hardcore From: Howie Wolke, Dave Foreman Re: EARTH FIRST The time has come to inject new vigor, new tactics, and an old-fashioned radical ideology into the increasingly stagnating environmental movement. We are tired of making political compromises in order to look […]

Earth First! Statement of Principles and Membership Brochure

September 1, 1980 Memo To: the leading intellectual and literary lights of EARTH FIRST From: Dave Foreman Re: EARTH FIRST Statement of Principles and Membership Brochure Hey, buckaroos … enclosed is a very rough draft of the above. Read it, add, delete, edit, throw it out and write your own. Rough as it is, I […]

Earth First!: A Founder’s Story

Source Dave Foreman’s old Volkswagen bus wobbled on unbalanced tires to the northeast across the Plains of San Augustine on New Mexico Highway 12. The salsa at the Mexican restaurant in the town of Reserve had been so hot that Foreman and I were attempting—without success—to drown the fire in our mouths and bellies with […]

Whither Earth First?!

Editor’s Note: The following essay was originally published by Dave Foreman in Earth First! 8(1), 20-21. It was his most notable attempt to take back control from the humanist faction of Earth First. For more on the history of the organization, see Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization by Christopher Manes. You might […]