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A Critique of Repent to the Primitive

Problems in Repent to the Primitive The basic anti-industrial critique — of Freud, of Kaczynski, of Mumford, of Illich, of Shepard — is that industrial society does not adequately satisfy human needs. I argue as much in Repent to the Primitive, outlining the following basic argument: Human beings (and perhaps nonhumans) possess a will with […]

Letter: Ted Kaczynski to Live Wild or Die (1998)

The following appeared in the seventh issue of Live Wild or Die, an eco-radical publication put out by a faction of Earth First! sometime in the 1990s. For more information on the trial, see “Explanation of Judicial Opinions,” “Ted Kaczynski and Why He Matters” and the lawyer Michael Mello’s book on the questionable legality of […]

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 […]

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 […]