The past has no monopoly on the possibilities of the future. . . . I am anti-primitivism because I am a primitivist, or, that is to say, because I come from the tradition of primitivism. I no longer believe the limitations of primitivism are reconcilable with any true drive towards rewilding. –William Gillis.
- Biology’s constructs and dichotomies are not useful.
- The biosphere is not inherently good or superior, just very dynamic.
- Humans can choose their dynamics.
- Role-filling is moral nihilism.
- Individuals flourish with increase of dynamic connections.
- Understanding is not dependent on process but capacity to experience.
- Physical limitation inspires social oppression.
- Spatial limitation ingrains social hierarchy.
- Freedom of information is necessary for free societies.
- It’s impossible to speak of regional liberty.
- Any society that embraces death will embrace oppression.
- Technology can be applied dynamically.
- We do not live in a closed system.
- Hard though the struggle may be, the ease of partial victories will always cost us more.
- The new is possible.
This provocative perspective, from longtime anarchist organizer William Gillis, offers a radical reconsideration of the implications of anti-civilization anarchism, showing that a wilder, more fluid and more engaged contact with the world means an anti-primitive, technological anarchy, a society where we are no more ruled by the force of ‘Nature’ and biological limitations than by the force of human rulers.
Fifteen Anti-Primitivist Theses was first published on the web in 2006 as a series of posts to William Gillis’s Human Iterations weblog, at williamgillis.blogspot.com
William Gillis is a left-wing market anarchist writer, social theorist and long-time radical activist. He studies high-energy physics, designs web pages, publishes radical literature and has been a core member of countless anarchist projects and mobilizations, including the RNC Welcoming Committee convergence of anarchists and anti-authoritarian direct action activists to confront the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota in 2008. Originally from Portland, he now works with a radical web design collective in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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