FUGUE STATE: A Review of “Into the Forest”

“Still, there’s a lucidity that sometimes comes in that moment when you find yourself looking at the world through your tears, as if those tears served as a lens to clarify what it is you’re looking at.” *Spoiler Alert* Though the opposite is true with Into the Forest, why do even the most radical fiction […]

debunk: Meat-Eating Among the Earliest Humans article

https://www.americanscientist.org/article/meat-eating-among-the-earliest-humans “Meat-Eating Among the Earliest Humans” is an  interesting read, even with slightly less meat & civilization bias than other scientific reports. Most of it speaks to butchering not killing, scavenging with stone tools not suitable for hunting but cutting flesh and bashing open bones for marrow and skulls for brains, not spears and arrowheads. […]

AnPrim On Fire: Human Supremacy Within Anarcho-Primitivist Narrative

Within anarcho-primitivism plays an ongoing dialectic pinpointing origins of the problem of civilization. Impugning only capitalism or the industrial age is much too timid. From the left, radical environmental activist leader and author Derrick Jensen impugns the point people exceed their capacity for self-sufficiency, the dawn of cities. In the trilogy Ishmael, The Story of […]

Decolonize Earth

by Ria Del Montana I was born belonging to a field and a forest edge until civilization stole my being and ‘developed’ my home. Years later I was still a teenager when I stole back some summertime alone in noncivilization, a juniper knoll over a lake. Each dawn a mourning dove perched on the branch […]

Out of Civilitopia

Women gathering murnong and other food, as sketched by squatter Henry Godfrey, on November 1, 1843. Drawing from the artist’s sketchbook, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria. The nutshell story of civilization begins with an evolutionary adaptation based on humans’ advanced intelligence setting them apart from other animals. Civilized humans see, experience and […]

clear the air, and the water

Reading Bellamy Fitzpatrick’s opening essay in the premier issue of Backwoods: A Journal of Anarchy and Wortcunning, I started falling in love with Backwoods even though it aims fusing anti-civ theory with the suspect practice of permaculture. Bellamy laid out the foundational philosophy beautifully. Then on to the permaculture essays and the predictable happened. Permaculture’s […]