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(en) An Illusion with no future review - the falacy of adding 'anarcho' to 'primitivism'

From "green anarchy" <greenanarchyusa@hotmail.com>
Date Mon, 4 Mar 2002 04:01:35 -0500 (EST)

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Primitivism- An Illusion with no Future by Steve Booth is $3 from MPG POB  
10384 Eugene OR 97440 U$A is part of the new critical look from anarchists 
on the ideas of primitivism.
Steve himself has been involved with Green anarchist projects since the 
early 90's and has produced other books like City Death, Even Eden, and Into 
the 90's with Green Anarchist and was one of 3 writters involved with the 
Green Anarchists newspaper who were sent to prison for conspiracy to incite 
persons unknown to criminal damage during the infamous GAndALF trials in 
He takes a look at what primitivism is and what a primitivist believes in. 
Looking at their ideas on progress and its use of anthropology and the 
problems it creates for itself. Her also looks at the Unabomber and the cult 
of personality surrounding Ted K .
Steve goes on to look at primitivisms origins in Modernism and Post 
Modernism with its ideas of alienation and crisis. Steve takes a close look 
at Herbert Marcuse and its generally depressing look at the world. He also 
takes to task its lip service to the reject of ideology in theory but not 
In Twilight of the idols the author takes a very close look at the ideas of 
some of the more infamous writers on the subject like John Zerzan, FC and 
John Moore. He looks at John rejection of technology, language, art and 
symbols and its origins in the ideas of Herbert Marcuse. Then he turns his 
gaze on the Unabomber and the their despaired look at the world and the 
views of John Moore and his move away from primitivism for his own ideas of 
In the Ten principal themes/ features of Primitivism and debunks some of the 
ideas like civilization, anthropology, spirituality, mass society and 
leftism, zero work, technology, ideology and more.
Steve goes on to a section on legitimate and illegitimate criticism of 
primitivism and finishes with a conclusion.
Personally I found this pamphlets very funny with its cartoons and Steves 
style of writtening and he makes so very important points on the problems of 
primitivism, though I found some of the personal axe grinding a bit hard to 
take and rather unimportant and unnecessary in this well written and 
researched booklet. This isn't going put many people off their primitivists 
ideas but I hope its will at least make them think a little harder what 
world their would want to create. I'd recommend this booklet to antyone with 
an interest in the whole primitivist debate and its important in my opinion 
it comes from a green anarchists and idea which has too often been coopted 
by primitivism.

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