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 anyone 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