General Texts

An inspiring and yet scary eye opener. A brilliant introduction to thinking outside the square and going back to our roots to discover why we are even trying to change. What I am begging you here is to not put faith in the impossible, but have the courage to face the terrible possibility that our lives really are in our own hands, and to act accordingly. A must read!

What's so Bad About Capitalism?
Simple, straightforward and not in the slightest bit dull. An inviting essay on capitalism, it's effects and the alternatives. Under the capitalist system, all the economic laws governing human life come down to coercion: Work or go hungry! Dominate or be dominated! Compete or perish! Sell the hours of your life away for the means to survive, or rot in poverty - or jail!

Against Mass Society
A green-anarchy text arguing for the new world we envision to be based not on large-scale associations but small-scale, organic human groupings. Many who challenge oppression in the modern world strive toward their conception of a “free society” by attempting to merely reform the most powerful and coercive institutions of today, or to replace them with “directly democratic” governments, community-controlled municipalities, worker-owned industrial federations, etc.

No Masters: An Introduction to the Idea of Thinking for Yourself
A simple introduction to some of the ideas behind anarchy. We have these moments of non-capitalist, non-hierarchical interaction in our lives constantly ... but somehow it doesn't occur to us to demand that society should work this way, as well as our friendships and love affairs. Sure, it's a lofty goal to ask that it does - but let's dare to reach for high goals, let's not settle for anything less than the best in our lives!

A Primitivist Primer
A solid introduction to anarcho-primitivism or green-anarchy. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as anarcho-primitivism or anarcho-primitivists. Individuals associated with this current do not wish to be adherents of an ideology, merely people who seek to become free individuals in free communities in harmony with one another and with the biosphere, and may therefore refuse to be limited by the term 'anarcho-primitivist' or any other ideological tagging.

Critiques of Civilization and Modern Life

Destroy Civilization?
A brief and very simple introduction to the critique on civilization. The reappropriation of our lives, the collective re-creation of ourselves as uncontrollable and unique individuals is the destruction of civilization and the initiation of a marvellous and frightening journey into the unknown that is freedom.

AlieNation: The Map of Despair
An excellent essay showing how more subtle but just as pervasive vestiges of control exist in how the world around us is arranged. In the modern world, control is exerted over us automatically by the spaces we live and move in. We go through certain rituals in our lives - work, "leisure," consumption, submission - because the world we live in is designed for these alone.

Civilization and the Creative Urge
A short essay detailing how civilization and creativity run against each other. And the destruction of civilization, this system of social control that is smothering the planet, and the creation of our lives and interactions as so completely our own that they cannot be socialized, systematized or otherwise alienated from us will require explorations and experimentations with the possible that go far beyond anything we have yet tried.

Why Civilization?
An excellent text that explores some basic anti-civilization ideas. We don't need more ideology, morality, fundamentalism or better organization to save us. We must save ourselves. We have to live according to our own desires. We have to connect with ourselves, those we care about, and the rest of life. We have to break out of, and break down, this reality. We need Action.

The Domestication of Animals . . . and of Man
This novel approach looks out our lives from the perspective of animals and only increases the impetus for us to change both ourselves and our affect on them. Just like our pets, we learn to behave, to be housebroken and spirit-broken - to adapt ourselves to this nightmare, becoming fat, grouchy, and songless.

Product is the Excrement of Action
A look at how humans are most happy doing things they enjoy and not for any reward that may follow. A critique of work. Modern society is centered around the production and distribution of material goods, rather than the happiness and satisfaction of its participants. Thus Modern man thinks of his life in terms of what he has "to show for it," rather than considering the life itself.

Anarchist Organization and Strategy

Towards Anarchy: The Revolution is Now
An essay I have written detailing my thoughts about the nature of revolution and change and basically outlining my approach to anarchy. The revolution is now and we must let the desires we have about the future manifest themselves in the here and now as best as we can. When we start doing that, we stop fighting for some abstract condition for the future and instead start fighting to see those desires realized in the present.

Against Organizationalism: Anarchism as both Theory and Critique of Organization
A critique against the fetish of organizationalism. Argues not against organization itself, but against forming large-scale formal organizations that lead and soon represent struggle. The leftist practice of creating formal mass organizations in order to build political power involves entirely different assumptions and goals than the anarchist practice of encouraging generalized self-initiated, self-directed activity.

The End of Arrogance: Decentralization and Anarchist Organising
This is particularly interesting and has a real impact on anarchist organising if we are ever going to realise our dreams. We must re-examine how we organize projects in order to awake from the nightmare of over-structure that inevitably leads to bureaucracy, centralization and ineffective anarchist work.

Not My Vision of Liberation: Some Thoughts on Organization, Federations and Platformism
This piece, heavily influenced by green-anarchy, puts forward the case against organizationalism from yet another perspective. History, personal experience, and their basic arrangement have shown me that the Federationist and Party models of relating to one another are not liberatory, but instead are usually based on manipulation, coercion, and deception. I feel that strength will not come from a monolithic mass of ideology, but from a multi-dimensional explosion of infinite passions.

Analysis and Critiques of Anarchists Today

From Politics to Life: Ridding Anarchy of the Leftist Millstone
An in-depth and challenging essay that puts forward a strong case for anarchists to relieve themselves of the baggage of the left. The realization of anarchist dreams, of the dreams of every individual still capable of dreaming and desiring independently to be the autonomous creators of their own existence, requires a conscious and rigorous break with the left.

Why I am not a Primitivist
This article deals with those who idealize humanity's primitive non-civilized state above and beyond their real desires. Also provides an excellent history of anarcho-primitivist thought. The critique of progress doesn't mean that we need to return to a previous way of life or set about constructing some preconceived, idealized state of non-civilization.

Your Politics are Boring as Fuck
Challenges the old ideas of working for a "cause" or sacrificing ourselves. It asks of us to make politics about the things that really matter in our everyday lives "for everyone has a stake in considering their lives, in asking themselves what they want out of life and how they can get it."

Review: The Tyranny of Structurelessness
A damning review of the classic pamphlet from the 70s feminist movement originally written by Jo Freeman. The Tyranny of Structurelessness is a complete dud. For genuine anarchists it will remain a useless document functioning as a "smokescreen" for the multitude of potential abuses inherent in formal organizations of all kinds (including anarchist organizations), and especially in intentionally authoritarian formal organizations.

"US" Versus "THEM": The Eternal Myth and Paradox
A critique of branding people as being anarchists or any other label. Identity, as a concept, works in terms of contrast: one "is" a fill-in-the-blank, as opposed to the "others," who are not . . . thus, to the desperate lost soul of modern society, nothing is more precious than opponents, people to despise, so he can reassure himself of his own worth: as a faithful patron of brand X ideology, for example.

A Class War Everyone Can Fight In
A very short blurb arguing against the flase dichotomy set up by so-called "Class War Anarchists". The poverty against which man has been struggling throughout history is not merely the poverty of material goods; the ennui and disorientation experienced by the members of the middle and upper classes in today's wealthy industrial nations have revealed the poverty of Western existench itself.

A Revolution of Space
A look into the place of the activist or "revolutionary". Observation of natural communities teaches us the self-sufficiency of every situation in which cooperation is allowed rather than planned, a result of necessity rather than design. When people are given room to act autonomously, there is no need to 'save', 'educate' or 'organize' them. They are able to respond appropriately to the conditions present.

The Invisibility of Struggle
An essay with strong green-anarchy roots. The reality is that this is not an anti–globalization movement at all, it is... a "movement against invisibility" – a movement that we are all part of because we are all involved in many different struggles "visible in so far as they are considered to impinge upon power politics".