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Progress and Humanism Have Lost Its Power, and Out of the Wilderness Comes Wildism


“Wildism is, put simply, the idea that wild Nature matters, and that anything that works against it should be discarded.”

Widlists believe that the autonomy of the Wild is the most important thing — above all others. They also consider all forms of civilized society as unavoidably contrary to this principle and therefore bad. They consider techno-industrial society especially harmful.

John Jacobi, who is co-founder and editor of The Wildernist was kind enough to speak to me about Wildism, the Unabomber, and how hunting and gathering is where it’s at.

Can you tell me a little more about the Wildist Network and how it started?

For a while now several groups of people who truly love wild Nature have been involved in all sorts of necessary discussions about what is to be done in the midst of this industrial disaster. But a lot of those discussions were private, and the public ones were on Spanish-language blogs, meaning large portions of the world knew little or nothing about them.… Read the rest

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Belgian Man Shuns Civilization to Live as a Hunter-Gatherer in Slovenia


Angelo Valkenborg abandoned his normal life in Belgium and moved to Slovenia to live in the forest and live as a hunter-gatherer.

Sumitra via Oddity Central:

Angelo Valkenborg had it all – a good job, a marriage, and a nice home, but at one point in his life, he realised that none of that made him truly happy. So the 31-year-old Belgian left his old life behind and moved to a forest in Slovenia to live like a hunter-gatherer.

Angelo had always been fascinated by the great outdoors and started getting into survival techniques in the wild. But his work and family life didn’t exactly go hand in hand with his favorite pastime. It was after returning from a three week expedition in the wilderness of Northern Sweden that he learned his marriage had failed. His “intense passion for the outdoors” was apparently too much for his wife to handle.

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WSU researchers see link between hunter-gatherer cannabis use, fewer parasites

Jordan Greentree (CC BY-SA 2,0)

Jordan Greentree (CC BY-SA 2,0)

Washington State University conducted an interesting study that points to the benefits of cannabis use. Hunter-gatherers that smoke cannabis have a lower rate of infections by parasites. Though, the researchers are quick to note that the study has its limits.

Washington State University via EurekAlert:

VANCOUVER, Wash.–Washington State University researchers have found that the more hunter-gatherers smoke cannabis, the less they are infected by intestinal worms. The link suggests that they may unconsciously be, in effect, smoking medical marijuana.

Ed Hagen, a WSU Vancouver anthropologist, explored cannabis use among the Aka foragers to see if people away from the cultural and media influences of Western civilization might use plant toxins medicinally.

“In the same way we have a taste for salt, we might have a taste for psychoactive plant toxins, because these things kill parasites,” he said.

In an earlier study, Hagen found that the heavier tobacco smokers among the Aka also had fewer helminths, parasitic intestinal worms.

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Free Yourself from the Afflictions of Civilization

manning“Agriculture is really the dominant system of 8,000 years, and it’s more than a way of growing food. It’s a way of domesticating humans and organising humans. It is ‘the’ system.” So says the environmental author and journalist Richard Manning in the latest podcast from The Eternities.

“And the system that brought us here and made us sick is not going to fix us.”

Manning is the author of Against the Grain: How Agriculture Hijacked Civilization, which argued that major world shaping forces, such as trade, imperialism and disease, were conditioned and driven by agriculture, both for good and ill. But, mostly ill.

Manning has now returned for another tilt at civilization with Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization, co-authored with John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of such titles as A User’s Guide to the Brain.… Read the rest

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