Anarchism vs primitivism - Brian Oliver Sheppard

Anarchism vs primitivism - Brian Oliver Sheppard

This important pamphlet looks closely at the fundamental conflicts between anarchism and primitivism.

It traces primitivism's basic precepts back to their authoritarian roots, reveals primitivist misconceptions about anarchism, capitalism and technology, shows how the corporate media have used primitivism to discredit anarchism, and also shows how ideology-driven primitivists, much like fundamentalist Christians opposed to evolution, have picked through anthropological evidence to support their predetermined conclusions, while ignoring data that contradict those conclusions.

Sheppard also considers the many primitivist straw-man attacks upon anarchism, and asks: What kind of an anarchist movement do we want - one that looks often ugly, authoritarian social reality in the eye, with the aim of transforming it into something something that will lead to freer, happier lives for all of us on planet Earth, or one that wastes its time fantasizing about a non-existent Golden Age, and that would result in the deaths of billions if its precepts were followed?

This pamphlet was originally published by See Sharp Press, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2003. It has been digitised by with full permission of the publisher. Any errors in formatting or spelling are solely our own.


Aug 6 2016 15:34

I guess why some rewiliders call the land natural beauty before European colonialism (or at least myself) is because it was based on a permanent culture of sustainability, following natural processes. Controlled burns can be good for biodiversity (depending on the scale and frequency) and some plants only grow after one. Controlled burns are also a world of difference from agriculture , that's more or less destroying everything. Anyway, i'll give it a read. Also whilst i'm arguing this point i want to make it clear i'm not saying indigenous peoples got everything right. Far from it. Also it's wrong for me to talk about them as a monolith as there were (and are) so many important differences. But, definitely some practices by some people, ecologically and socially are really inspiring.