About this Directory
My name is Joel and you've found my collection of resources pertaining to the subject Anarcho-primitivism. I use this page to catalogue all of the links I find.
Here is my interpretation of Anarcho-primitivism:
Anarcho-primitivism is a critique of civilization. It's a call to abandon our systems of industry, finance, media, agriculture, communication, domestication, consumerism and mass society. It's nothing less than the complete rejection of technology as we know it.
Anarcho-primitivism is a value system that upholds the ideal of the "uncivilized" hunter-gatherer tribe. It values living in harmony with nature, strictly managing population and growth, "rewilding" of the environment, and complete non-domination of plants and animals.
Anarcho-primitivism is generally not radical, violent or power-seeking. It is hardly a political blueprint for a new world, and nobody really knows a practical way for it to be actualized. There is no easy way to answer some of the hard questions that emerge from discussions about primitivism.
My disclaimer is as follows:
Anarcho-primitivism is very complex, with many different viewpoints and perspectives. I do my best to understand it, but sometimes I make mistakes. I apologize if something posted here does not specifically identify as "Anarchist" or "Primitivist".
I can not verify that any of the quotes I make on this page (the Wikipedia section in particular) haven't changed since I linked them.
Website URLs tend to change, shift and disapear; if a link doesn't work, check the search engines.
Sources: Articles, Directories, Journals
The site that inspired me to make this directory. Lots of classic reading about Primitivism.
Primitivism | The Anarchist Library
A bunch of articles, reviews and the like.
What's so bad about Technology?
Info website about the biggest problems of the 21st century.
Against His-story, Against Leviathan!
A PDF copy of Fredy Perlman's classic 1983 critique on civilization. Hosted on Anarchist Library.
What is Green Anarchy? - Black Seed
A primer about Green Anarchy.
Industrial Society and it's Future
The legendary "Unabomber Manifesto" written by Ted Kaczynski.
Against Productivity
A short article by Quinn Norton about the four years he spent as writer in Puerto Rico.
The Original Affluent Society
Marshall Sahlins' anthropological paper about hunter-gather society.
The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
Jared Diamond's 1987 article concerning the agricultural revolution.
Why the future doesn't need us. - Wired Magazine (April, 2000)
Our most powerful 21st-century technologies are threatening to make humans an endangered species. (Full 11 Page Article)
Walden: or Life in the Woods
Henry David Thoreau's original, influencial 1850's reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Classic, but very challenging. Hosted by Internet Archive.
Channels: News, Radio, Podcasts, Blogs
AnarchyRadio with John Zerzan
Weekly broadcast on University of Oregon Radio (KWVA 88.1 FM)
Free Radical Radio
Discusses radical resistance and projects in Oakland and beyond. Free Radical Radio is hosted by Rydra and Bellamy.
Wilderness before the Dawn
Ziqian's commentary blog about anarcho-primitivism and philosophical Daoist thought.
Uncivilized Animals
Ian Smith's blog about Animal Liberation and Green Anarchy.
The Year of Black Clothing
Natasha Alvarez's blog about rebellion, activism, mourning and solidarity.
The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann
Weekly podcast.
Coyote & Wolf: Of Trickster Ramblings and Feral Rage
A fledgeling blog about opposing and dismantling civilization.
Blog - Ran Prieur
Ran Priur's blog, essays, zines ... etc.
Earth First!
Media from the Frontlines of Ecological Resistance
Media: Publishers, Distributors, Bookstores
Black and Green Press
Kevin Tucker's Anarcho-primitivist/green anarchist publishing group.
Little Black Cart
A distributor of anti-political books.
Wikipedia: Wikipedia Articles
Anarcho-primitivism is an anarchist critique of the origins and progress of civilization. According to anarcho-primitivism, the shift from hunter-gatherer to agricultural subsistence gave rise to social stratification, coercion, alienation, and population growth. Anarcho-primitivists advocate a return to non-"civilized" ways of life through deindustrialization, abolition of the division of labor or specialization, and abandonment of large-scale organization technologies.
Neolithic Revolution
The Neolithic Revolution or Neolithic Demographic Transition, sometimes called the Agricultural Revolution, was the wide-scale transition of many human cultures from a lifestyle of hunting and gathering to one of agriculture and settlement, allowing the ability to support an increasingly large population.
Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power, and the development of machine tools.
A megalopolis (sometimes improperly called a megapolis) or megaregion is typically defined as a chain of roughly adjacent metropolitan areas.
Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
Technological Singularity
The technological singularity hypothesis is that accelerating progress in technologies will cause a runaway effect wherein artificial intelligence will exceed human intellectual capacity and control, thus radically changing or even ending civilization in an event called the singularity.
Karōshi (過労死?), which can be translated literally from Japanese as "death from overwork", is occupational sudden death. The major medical causes of karōshi deaths are heart attack and stroke due to stress and a starvation diet.
Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり Hikikomori?, literally "pulling inward, being confined", i.e., "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement.
[...] For the Cynics, the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way which was natural for humans, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex, and fame. Instead, they were to lead a simple life free from all possessions.
Deskilling is the process by which skilled labor within an industry or economy is eliminated by the introduction of technologies operated by semiskilled or unskilled workers. This results in cost savings due to lower investment in human capital, and reduces barriers to entry, weakening the bargaining power of the human capital.
Neo-Luddism or New Luddism is a philosophy opposing many forms of modern technology. According to a manifesto drawn up by the Second Luddite Congress (April 1996; Barnesville, Ohio) Neo-Luddism is "a leaderless movement of passive resistance to consumerism and the increasingly bizarre and frightening technologies of the Computer Age."
Films: Fictional Films, Movies
Her (2013)
An incredible movie about a writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced (sentient) operating system.
Transcendence (2014)
A computer scientist uploads his brain into a machine. It's not a very good movie, but the themes of technologic resistance are there.
Video: Lectures, Documentaries, Opinions
Derrick Jensen - Endgame (complete)
Derrick Jensen outlines assumptions made in his 2008 book "Endgame".
Mouse Utopia Experiment
A video documenting John Calhoun's experiment on mice society.
Humans Need Not Apply
A talk about automation, robotics and the replacement of large industries with thinking computers.
Random: Some Other Random Stuff
Anarchist News
The goal of anarchistnews.org is to provide a non-sectarian source for news about and of concern to anarchists.
Disco Dave's Tunneling Guide
A guide for tuneling as a form of protest.