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Understanding Anticiv Ideas and How They Relate to Our Anarchy

Submitted by reposter in Anarchism (edited )

Civilization can be defined as any configuration of human society characterized by cities and surplus agriculture.

For anti-civvers, the Neolithic Revolution, roughly 10,000 years ago, was the Pandora's Box that opened the floodgates of patriarchy, property, war, and ecocide.

Primitivism is concerned with the ecological feedback loop of human society. There are three major configurations of society; forager (hunter gatherer), agrarian, and industrial agrarian.

In a forager (hunter-gatherer) society, there is a direct feedback system that causes you to be made aware of instances of overuse of the land. If you eat too many berries, hunt too many deer, or harvest too many tubers, you do not have enough of that food source next year. Within one human lifetime or less, you pay the price for overuse of the land. If you do not stop overusing, you die. This way of living is indefinitely sustainable for the collective of humanity - the cost is the deaths of those who refuse to live life on earth's terms, which for anti-civ folks is fine.

In an agrarian society, where surplus agriculture is a part of the picture, this feedback loop is lengthened beyond one human generation. Natural foraging ecosystems are destroyed in order to create cropland. Crops are harvested year after year, robbing the soil of nutrients. Eventually, this has the effect of mining the topsoil for nutrients. After so long, you have dust bowls, desertification, etc. Note that the "fertile crescent" is now a desert. This process took something like half a millenium, so human culture as a collective never made the connection between their means of subsistence and the subsequent ecocide.

Industrial agrarian society is a modification of agrarian society. It is marked by the inclusion of oil-intensive means of cultivation and fertilization. Since the 1970's with NCivilization can be defined as any configuration of human society characterized by cities and surplus agriculture. For anti-civvers, the Neolithic Revolution, roughly 10,000 years ago, was the Pandora's Box that opened the floodgates of patriarchy, property, war, and ecocide. Primitivism is concerned with the ecological feedback loop of human society. There are three major configurations of society; forager (hunter gatherer), agrarian, and industrial agrarian.

In a forager (hunter-gatherer) society, there is a direct feedback system that causes you to be made aware of instances of overuse of the land. If you eat too many berries, hunt too many deer, or harvest too many tubers, you do not have enough of that food source next year. Within one human lifetime or less, you pay the price for overuse of the land. If you do not stop overusing, you die. This way of living is indefinitely sustainable for the collective of humanity - the cost is the deaths of those who refuse to live life on earth's terms, which for anti-civ folks is fine.

In an agrarian society, where surplus agriculture is a part of the picture, this feedback loop is lengthened beyond one human generation. Natural foraging ecosystems are destroyed in order to create cropland. Crops are harvested year after year, robbing the soil of nutrients. Eventually, this has the effect of mining the topsoil for nutrients. After so long, you have dust bowls, desertification, etc. Note that the "fertile crescent" is now a desert. This process took something like half a millenium, so human culture as a collective never made the connection between their means of subsistence and the subsequent ecocide.

Industrial agrarian society is a modification of agrarian society. It is marked by the inclusion of oil-intensive means of cultivation and fertilization. Since the 1970's with Norman Borlaug's "Green Revolution" (where essentially, humans became able to turn oil into food) the only thing standing between human society and mega-dustbowls has been oil-intensive agriculture. This was a great "quick-fix", but because oil is finite, as a long-term situation, it has cataclysmic ramifications. Worse still, oil's inclusion into the picture allows civilization to get exponentially bigger on an ever-greater energy mortgage, meaning a worse collapse than has ever been thinkable in human society.

An important concept here to disprove the Promethean "we can fix it" crowd is the concept of entropy. It's a physical law that states that all things that are brought into being must end, die, rust, rot.

All this is to say that there isn't an ideological debate as much as it is a physical debate. It doesn't matter what we think: civilization is not a sustainable way to live. Cities cannot exist in an ecologically reasonable way. Whether we like it or not a "future primitive" will occur. The question is whether we are braced for the storm with systems of mutual aid, and how able we are to provoke that storm in defense of the earth and its inhabitants.

Borlaug's "Green Revolution" (where essentially, humans became able to turn oil into food) the only thing standing between human society and mega-dustbowls has been oil-intensive agriculture. This was a great "quick-fix", but because oil is finite, as a long-term situation, it has cataclysmic ramifications. Worse still, oil's inclusion into the picture allows civilization to get exponentially bigger on an ever-greater energy mortgage, meaning a worse collapse than has ever been thinkable in human society.

The larger civilization gets, the more suffering will occur at the inevitable collapse. Further, the longer it continues, the more extinctions and habitat destruction occurs. Additionally, domestication is an imprisoning condition that is antithetical to freedom and is therefore incompatible with anarchist values (or a worthwhile life). Humans are as much domesticated by civilization as any other species.

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