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Further explanation into rewilding?

+4 votes
Just read about it in The Failure of Revolution by Kevin Tucker and I'd like to know more about it and what your opinions of it are and if anyone can offer a critique.

Also, if anyone wants to offer an analysis of this article, that'd be appreciated too, because I really don't have a clue of what to make of it

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/kevin-tucker-the-failure-of-revolution
asked Dec 16, 2012 by anonymous
it's been a while since i read that piece, so before I try to give a lengthy answer i want to go back and revisit it. i also suspect someone here (*ahem* alc?) could offer a more cogent analysis of tucker and his work.

that said, for more on rewilding, here is a good start that was put together by the Green Anarchy collective several years back: http://flag.blackened.net/radicalanthropology/writings/b2bv3.pdf

1 Answer

+3 votes
I. Wildness
Wildness means “in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed”. It means refusing control, and refusing the role of controller. Most wild animals take what they need and leave the rest. Most wild animals prefer avoidance to conflict. Ecology informs us that wildness has more to do with limiting competition, improving landbases, social bonding, reciprocal relationships, and sharing resources, and less to do with patterns of constant aggression, greed, a “war of each against all”. If not, we could never have reached a world of fertility, diversity, and abundance. Neither passive species nor exterminator species persist. Parasites exist but species live primarily in balance. Mutual aid exists at least as much as struggle and conflict.

II. Rewilding
I define rewilding as a process of embracing innate evolutionary biorhythms and drawing upon or returning to a wild state; in short, becoming feral. We practice this process by acting as social animals; supporting ourselves in small groups; reclaiming ancestral skills; returning to evolutionary pattens for diet, sleep, and exercise; developing animistic perspectives; practicing attachment parenting; taking holistic approaches to wellness at cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels; practicing gift economies; and in many other ways. Rewilding means remembering the 99% of human existence in nomadic foraging bands with autonomy, egalitarianism, and wellness as common features.

As much as people tell us humans exist separate from and superior to this thing they call "nature", we as a species still act as animals requiring a community of life on an intact planet, and have evolved our own biological needs and expected rhythms to give us life and fulfillment. Ignoring or repressing our fundamental nature leads us to sickness, misery, madness, and death, just as with any other animal. Rewilding allows us to apply this understanding as a process of empowerment.

An organism displaced from the environment in which it evolved becomes pathological. We are no different than the apes in the zoos, pacing in our cages, drifting between boredom and frustration, looking outside longingly but trained to live in fear of living without a master. Rewilding means to thwart the masters, smash the cages, and revive autonomy, community, and ferocity.

III. Further Reading
http://www.reddit.com/r/Green_Anarchism/comments/uj41t/can_any_greenecoprimvitivists_hook_me_up_with_the/c4vw5x1
answered Dec 17, 2012 by AutumnLeavesCascade (10,230 points)
I would also really recommend 'Tending the Wild.' I can't recommend it enough, actually. Though focused on the indigenous peoples of 'California' and their worlds, I think this book will be of interest and use to many anarchists. For one, it cuts through a lot of bullshit binary spooking of conversation: agriculture vs. wilderness, culture vs. nature, etc. For another, it goes into depths of peoples-in-places, their evolving practices and how the land and peoples benefited one another.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/797805.Tending_the_Wild

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