Tag Archives: nihilism

The Tactical Spectrum

This article was translated to Spanish by Animus Delendi. Every healthy movement has a functioning tactical spectrum, connections between the most moderate to the most radical elements. For example, Earth First! provided a radical wing to the conservation movement, allowing the Sierra Club to make more impressive demands and resulting in gains for both organizations. […]

Like a Magnet to Metal Files

What follows is a major step toward determining a decisive plan for political action. Preliminary reading: The Rewilding Program: Proposal for an Anti-Industrial Strategy Contemporary Applications of The Organizational Weapon The History and Impact of Earth First! A Critique of the Concept of ‘the System’ The question today is no longer, Is a revolution necessary? […]

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 […]

Response to Critique of Human Rewilding

I largely agree with Jonah’s critique of the concept of human rewilding, but he seems to misunderstand my emphasis on the concept. He’s right: human rewilding “an utterly hopeless project until civilization has collapsed.” I write as much in “Taking Rewilding Seriously,” saying that “we can’t teach humans skills to rewild and then tell them […]

Humanism and Civilization’s Moral Idols

The following is a condensed summary of my thoughts on humanism and nihilism. It pulls sections from essays, notes, etc. that regular readers may have already come across, and I apologize for the repetitiveness. Consider it a necessary consolidation phase before The Idols of Progress. Background I In Repent to the Primitive I explain that human […]

A Provisional Synthesis

I Two great knowledge-systems rule the contemporary world: the morality of humanism and the metaphysics of science. Both are struggling to fight the decaying force of nihilism, toward which all knowledge systems are converging. But their struggle is helpless: soon we will hurl both into the black abyss. II Humanism and science exist to bind […]

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 […]