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GREEN ANARCHY #16/Spring 2004 is NOW OUT!

Springtime has finally arrived! It's time to start sprouting and budding after the necessary dark and inward period of theorizing, reflection, and debate. It's time to get moving again and prepare for action! In our last issue of Green Anarchy (#15) we spent a lot of time focused on tactics and strategy, including articles on summits, sabotage, and armed resistance. It was also a special theme on the Left, including Part Two of our "Back to Basics" series, entitled "The Problem of the Left". As anti-civilization anarchists, we feel that the Left is not only a failed political orientation and a bankrupt position which has never questioned basic assumptions of the current arrangement (technology, division of labor, economy, progress, and organization), but in fact, it is antithetical to liberation and needs to be abandoned. While understanding what we are against and why is important in our project of de-civilizing, in this issue there is more focus on what we are for, the reconnection to wildness. So, while we have our usual elements of resistance to the mega-machine and our anti-civ/post-left analysis, we also focus on something we are doing in our lives, but which sometimes gets overlooked and even downplayed in these pages: rewilding.
GREEN ANARCHY #16/Spring 2004 is NOW OUT!


Springtime has finally arrived! It's time to start sprouting and budding after the necessary dark and inward period of theorizing, reflection, and debate. It's time to get moving again and prepare for action! In our last issue of Green Anarchy (#15) we spent a lot of time focused on tactics and strategy, including articles on summits, sabotage, and armed resistance. It was also a special theme on the Left, including Part Two of our "Back to Basics" series, entitled "The Problem of the Left". As anti-civilization anarchists, we feel that the Left is not only a failed political orientation and a bankrupt position which has never questioned basic assumptions of the current arrangement (technology, division of labor, economy, progress, and organization), but in fact, it is antithetical to liberation and needs to be abandoned. While understanding what we are against and why is important in our project of de-civilizing, in this issue there is more focus on what we are for, the reconnection to wildness. So, while we have our usual elements of resistance to the mega-machine and our anti-civ/post-left analysis, we also focus on something we are doing in our lives, but which sometimes gets overlooked and even downplayed in these pages: rewilding.

In this issue, we have volume three of "Back to Basics", which focuses on our observations and visions for an emotional, spiritual, and physical return to the wild. We would like to thank the Wildroots Collective in North Carolina for contributing the bulk of this primer. (Note: We intend the next "Back to Basics" to be either a revised "What is Green Anarchy" special introduction, or "Class and the Anti-Civilization Perspective".) This issue also features a look at video surveillance cameras and the rewilding act of destroying them, John Zerzan's "Patriarchy, Civilization, and the Origins of Gender", an essay by former member of the Situationist International turned anti-GE militant, Rene Riesel, Bob Black's "Theses On Anarchism After Post-Modernism", an intriguing look at the origins question by Ran Prier, a reclamation of Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching", a number of other articles and perspectives, and the usual sections on direct action and state repression, plus reviews, letters, poems and opinions. Unfortunately, because of the limits of time and space there is no interview in this issue, but we are working on a couple of them as you read this. We were also unable to include a substantial look at anarchist visions beyond the utopian model, which will appear in our Summer issue (#17).

Our new format has been well received! We are delighted to say that we have been given an abundance of positive feedback on our switch from newsprint tabloid to magazine. As we stated in the last issue, our content will not change, no sections will be cut, and the size and consistency will remain the same. We made this change with the hope of providing a more durable and long-lasting piece of propaganda, and in an attempt to get the magazine into larger circulation through distributors. Just so you know, the glossy cover of our last issue was a mistake by the printer, and although it looks sharp and "professional", for financial and ecological reasons, we will probably stick to a matte finish for the magazine. And although we have gone through most of the 9,000 copies of the Winter issue, we did a print run of only 8,000 on this issue so we could print more of the "Rewilding" primers, and because we will have to get our Summer issue out a little sooner to better prepare for the "Feral Visions Against Civilization" gathering in August (see page 75 for details).
Feedback on the content of the last issue was mostly very favorable, although we should say that it was probably our most controversial issue to date. To be honest though, we could have written a very specific list before-hand of all the individuals who would get defensive and pissed off by issue #15 (including many anarcho-leftists, the more defensive folks in the punk scene, and certain "identity politics"-oriented people), and we would have been about 95% accurate. We are not here to be "agreeable" and "nice", but to raise questions we feel are important, to report on and offer analysis to the various resistance movements, and add our critique to the ongoing anarchist, anti-civilization, anti-authoritarian, and anti-colonial struggles. You will never get disingenuous smiley-faces and candy-coated positions from us. In a time of growing disparity, we feel blunt and open honesty is not only needed, but essential.

A word on the editorial collective. We are made up of different individuals with different opinions, so we obviously don't all agree on (or write) everything in each issue, but we consent to publish articles and opinions that we feel offer important ideas and directions to an ongoing anti-civilization perspective. We receive contributions from around the world, from a range of people with various points-of-view, but we want to get away from making excessive disclaimers with each article, only adding points we feel are absolutely necessary. Hopefully you won't agree with it all... we don't! We try to give our readers enough credit to draw from the issues what they desire, and what they wish to prioritize in their own perspectives and lives. We assume an intelligent reader, not one who needs endless qualifiers and disclaimers to direct them.

We need your help! This project cannot flourish without your active participation. We are always looking for contributions of articles, rants, feedback, poetry, images, action reports, prisoner updates, and ideas for future issues. We are always in need of local distributors (at any level), subscribers, and financial supporters. We give over half of our print run away for free, so if you would like to see this project continue, consider throwing a benefit in your area, sending in a donation, or helping us in some way monetarily. We thank those who have contributed to this project, in any form. Enjoy the issue, and good luck this Spring!

For the Destruction of Civilization,
And the Reconnection to Life
The Green Anarchy Collective
April 15th, 2004



An Anti-Civilization Quarterly Journal of Theory and Action


Features:

"Nostalgia" by Sky Hiatt, "What I Wish I Had Said September 12, 2001" by an anonymous nihilist, "Theses On Anarchism After Post-Modernism" by Bob Black, "Reclaiming the Tao Te Ching for Anarchy", "Patriarchy, Civilization, and the Origins of Gender" by John Zerzan, "The Witch and the Wildness" by Kevin Tucker, "Biotechnology: Public and Private" by Rene Riesel, "Lights, Camera, Action!" by The Grievous Amalgam, "The Revolutionary Imperative of Going Native" by Rob Los Ricos, "Insurrection in Australia" by Dave Antagonism, "The Animal in the Dark Tower" by Ran Prieur, "Everything that Plummets Must Converge" by Dan Todd, "Let the Olympic Games Die in the Land They Were Born" by Greek Anarchists, "Summits, Counter-Summits, and Social War" by Wolfi Landstreicher, "The Future Is Unwritten (let us keep it that way)" by anonymous autonomist, "News from the Balcony" with Waldorf and Statler, "The Garden of Peculiarities" (fragment 8) by Jesus Sepúlveda, a report on the 2004 BASTARD conference, "The Nihilist Dictionary: Niceism", "Feral Visions" gathering info, earth liberation actions, indigenous and campesino resistance, prisoner uprisings, anarchist resistance, anti-capitalist/anti-government actions, "Symptoms of State Meltdown", political prisoner listings, state repression news, reviews, letters, and more!


Issue #16 also contains "Back To Basics volume three: The Rewilding Primer" by Green Anarchy and the Wildroots Collective, which features: "The Journey from 'Civilized' to 'Primitive' Living" by RedWolfReturns, "The Question of Cultivation" by Wildroots, "This Is Anarcha-Herbalism" by Laura Luddite, "The Feral Fury Unleashed" by Gimili, "Intuition as a Crucial Part of Rewilding" by ardilla, introductions to various earthskills, a look at bioregionalism and native plants, rewilding references, and more.


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just quotes and links here! 28.Apr.2004 21:54

can't...poop...must...have...something to wipe with first...

"it was probably our most controversial issue to date. To be honest though, we could have written a very specific list before-hand of all the individuals who would get defensive and pissed off by issue #15 (including many anarcho-leftists, the more defensive folks in the punk scene, and certain "identity politics"-oriented people), and we would have been about 95% accurate."

In case you missed it, last issue's highlight had to be...


THE LEFT-HANDED PATH OF REPRESSION

by Crocus Behemoth
Green Anarchy #15
Winter 2004

The pleasure police don't always wear uniforms. They wear ideologies -
rigid, theoretical constructions in their heads. And their heads in turn
rule over their bodies and oppress them. - Smirk #4 (Post-Leftist
Pleasure Politics)

In spite of its abysmal, largely totalitarian history, the various
political tendencies that comprise what we call the "Left" are
attempting to make a resurgence in North America - basically by trying
to exploit situations like the war in Iraq and capitalist globalization
as new opportunities to promote their hopelessly outdated and downright
ridiculously statist programs for "change". It would be easy enough to
just ignore these socialist champions of duty and sacrifice - these
would-be world-betterers who tilt at the windmills of established power
and ultimately accomplish nothing - were it not for the fact that
they've infested the anarchist movement with their authoritarian,
guilt-ridden politics and are essentially waging war on the free
exchange of ideas between radicals and dissidents. Cloaking themselves
in "concerns" about racism, sexism and homophobia, these
anarcho-leftists seem primarily interested in impeding the development
of revolutionary theory and revolutionary action, by setting rules about
what can and cannot be said (or even thought by those who are interested
in examining the totality of the System we live under.

When they're not trying to lure anarchists down the dead-end path of
"identity politics", these self-styled "experts in oppression" are
working overtime to impose new "politically correct" moralisms and
constraining codes of behavior on other people, adding new layers of
repression to an already unbearably repressive and artificial situation,
i.e., modern civilized "life". In a world where virtually every aspect
of our lives is governed and controlled, where the majority of our
"choices" and "options" are false, manufactured ones, and where our
every instinct and biological impulse is stifled by an authoritarian
order, the Left proposes more (or at least, new) rules and regulations
as the solution! Like the genocidal Catholic missionaries of the
Columbian invasion or the grim-faced, anally-retentive Puritans of New
England, these internally tormented Leftists want to universalize their
own inhibitions and psychological hang-ups, by creating a new governing
structure that mirrors their own fears and personal misery.



***Gosh, that sounds a lot like a post from a couple of hours ago:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/04/286933.shtml ***

****But back to the action...GA 15 again

Welcome to Eugene, Leftist Capital of the World, or "It's Starting to
Get a Little Kooky Around Here"

Several years ago a leftist "emotional plague" swept through the Eugene
anarchist milieu, leaving a trail of shattered lives and sabotaged
projects in its wake. The "plague" was introduced into the community by
a small group of former or currently enrolled, middle-class college
students whose objective seemed to be not only silencing opinions they
didn't like but also destroying, both personally and publicly, the
individuals who expressed those opinions. A huge preoccupation of this
"vanguard intelligentsia" was the imposition of politically correct
speech codes and the calculated, manipulative use of certain
politically-loaded buzzwords (like "racist", sexist" and "homophobic")
to stigmatize anyone who had an "unapproved" point of view.

Hiding behind legitimate issues of oppression (and camouflaging
themselves for a short time as anarchists), this nasty, humorless sect
promoted a group identity and employed all the hallmark leftist
strategies of bullying and browbeating anyone who was too naive to see
what was going on. Particularly fascinating was watching this
constipated, dour-faced crew attempt to formulate a new, community-wide
leftist morality, one that was decidedly anti-erotic, and even
anti-pleasure. Like most leftists, they seemed to have zero interest in
freedom, and actually appeared to be fighting for more pain!

The "administrators" of this leftist plague, the small cadre of
self-appointed (and self-oppressed) "teachers" who believed that they -
and only they - possessed the "superior knowledge", academic training,
and social design to restructure human nature, began to develop a
pedagogical style that isolated and demonized anyone they saw as
"backwards" and "uneducated" - as well as anyone who desired to have
egalitarian relationships with others and wasn't willing to be treated
as a "subordinate". A new Thought Police began to emerge under the guise
of "abolishing sexism", "smashing racism", etc., and implicitly sent out
the message to stay quiet about the new leftist orthodoxy, lest you
become the next victim of a "reputation assassination". It was a clever
strategy, and helped to distract people from recognizing just how devoid
these power-tripping socialists were of radical ideas and analysis!"


There's more than enough quotes and links to go around though, huh?