Tag Archives: primitivism

Letters: Ted Kaczynski and Derrick Jensen

Introduction These letters are representative of a unique phase in Kaczynski’s thought. Immediately after his capture and until about the early 2000s, Kaczynski seemed to focus his recruitment efforts on the anarcho-primitivist and green anarchist movements. He submitted articles to the Earth First! Journal and Green Anarchist, and he updated Live Wild or Die! on his legal […]

John Zerzan and Primitive Confusion

French communist group En Attendant’s critique of two key text by anarcho-primitivist John Zerzan. The publishers L’Insomniaque recently put out two collections of articles by J. Zerzan: “Futur Primitif”, in December 1998 (“Future Primitive” first published by Autonomedia, New York, and “Aux Sources de l’Alienation”, in October 1999 (“Elements of Refusal”, Left Bank Books, Seattle, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preface to Repent to the Primitive

Read Repent to the Primitive in full Although the present form of the book only began two years ago, my work really started two years before, in 2013, when, homeless after high school, I involved myself in ecological and antimodern factions of anarchism. During this time, I ran across an essay, “Industrial Society and Its Future,” […]

Response to an Eco-Socialist Critique of Ted Kaczynski

Protean magazine recently published a critique of primitivist, specifically Kaczynskian, thought based on the New York Magazine article, “Children of Ted.” Primarily the article, written by Conor Arpwell of the Democratic Socialists of America, critiques primitivism on the basis that it is “ableist,” or oppressive to disabled minorities; as an alternative Arpwell advocates eco-socialism, which […]

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 […]