Backwoods: A Journal of Anarchy and Wortcunning

  • Posted on: 1 May 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

We are excited to announce the publication of issue one of Backwoods, this one subtitled A Journal of Anarchy and Wortcunning. This journal evolved out of a series of conversations among the other two editors (Fera Sylvain and Thuggy Whiskers, PhD) and me about how we thought there was room for, and a need for, a third anti-civ publication in North America.

Black And Green Review and Black Seed each have their strengths and weaknesses; I am glad that both exist and have respect and admiration for the editors for their efforts in what can sometimes feel like projects for which one gets a lot of flak and little appreciation. But we felt our particular focus was not present in either, and we wanted to reach an audience that did not necessarily self-identify as anarchist or interact specifically with those milieux - specifically, we are trying to reach out to the permaculture and rewilding/primitive skills milieux as well as the anarchist ones.

While we will not a hold a fierce line as editors and will print things with which we do not totally agree, Backwoods has a focus on trying to live according to anti-civilization values here and now, with a suggested praxis of "desertion, autarky, and reinhabitation" - that is, withdrawing from civilization materially and psychically as much as is practical and possible; learning how to meet one's needs through foraging, horticulture, and small-group networks; and developing intimacy with one's landbase. Themes of the journal include but are not limited to: anarchy and liberation; forest gardening and tending the wild; foraging, hunting, natural building, and wild plants; exodus and evasion; ecological science, spirituality, and philosophy; slavery and civilization; existentialism and its relationship to nature; stories and advice from those actively pursuing subsistence lifeways; and technology and Luddism.

The table of contents for issue one is:
An Invitation to Desertion, by Bellamy Fitzpatrick - a position piece laying out the anti-civ critique and our suggested praxis to establish the editors' overall perspective.

Subsistence and Slavery, by Fera Sylvain - a history piece showing how undermining individual and small group subsistence has long been a strategy of civilized enslavers.

"Pockets of Happiness" - a transcript of a 2014 interview by Bellamy with late permaculturist and anarchist Toby Hemenway, talking about the state of the world and what is possible in terms of liberation. A post-script at the end examines the interview from the perspective of four years later, after Toby's death.

A Forest Garden Primer, by Sylvia Wilde - the first in what will be an ongoing series by Sylvia giving practical advice for those interested in forest gardening - what can be done here and now to seek out subsistence outside civilization and restore the health of the land.

The Garden Path, by Kanzan Kitsune - a poetic description of a subsistence lifeway by a practicing forest gardener.

Reviews of two U.S.-based permaculture periodicals by Bellamy, a review of Kaczynski's new book by Peter Lamborn Wilson, and a review of LBC's In Search of the Masterless Men by Bellamy.

Against Sustainability, by Peter Lamborn Wilson - our first backpage rant, as each issue will close with a rant against civilization. PLW's target this time is the lie of "sustainability".

Issue two will go to print this autumn, and will feature, among other pieces:

What Does the World Desire?: Anima Mundi and Its Ethical Implications, by Bellamy Fitzpatrick - an examination of Gaia Theory, panpsychism, and the notion that the whole biosphere may be a sentient, intentional, emergent being.

There is no such thing as renewable energy, by Alexander Dunlap - a concise takedown of the renewable energy nonsense by an anthropologist who has studied counter-insurgency and the green economy.

A Forest Garden Primer, part II by Sylvia Wilde

Reviews:
Abdullah Öcalan's Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization, reviewed by Peter Lamborn Wilson
Jacque Ellul's The Technological Society, reviewed by Bellamy Fitzpatrick
Dale Pendell's The Great Bay, reviewed by Vincent Vulgare

Backwoods will be print-only. Issue one is already printed and is available from both Enemy Combatant Publications (who did a lovely job of printing it) and Little Black Cart Books. We hope you will consider subscribing to support us and to receive future issues. The Backwoods editors can be reached for commentary, criticism, submissions, and free copies of issue one for those willing to distribute multiple copies in their area at:

Backwoods
PO Box 238
Poestenkill, NY, 12018

That's all for now - thanks for reading, and please reach out to us if you are interested.

~Bellamy Fitzpatrick

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Comments

looks like good stuff!

Indeed!

Will you be publishing any material via audio mp3? And can the written word by bought in Britain? And could you please do an article and/or interview on anti-civ and vegans by discussing this with Layla AbdelRahim, a vegan primitivist. So many say that being vegan is not possible with anti-civ and primitivism. An interview/discussion with Layla be would beneficial on this in my opinion.

There is currently a feeling among the editors and publishers that we want to keep the material offline, but I of course would not in any way oppose others putting it online, since it is anti-copyright and whatnot.

We would be very interested in having someone distribute some journals - or, even better, print them - in Britain, so I could probably send you a load of them if you are interested and willing (e-mail me at bellamyfitzpatrick@riseup.net).

Interviewing Layla AbdelRahim is a great idea, and we will most likely do it.

I've been arguing for a vegan anti-civ position, too, and was being lambasted for it

How is forest gardening/agrofosetry outside of civilization or even close? The idea of forest gardening is a modern idea. It's trying to mimic, through direct human control, the functions and structure of a forest, no?

You're confusing it with domestication.

Forest gardening is an ancient idea, actually.

Exactly, and it has been practiced by numerous peoples who were/are decidedly non-civilized, including American Indians on the East Coast of America, Mesoamerican Natives, and natives of the Phillipines. I think there is confusion about this because it is a sort of catch-all term for multi-layered, no-till, perennial polyculture, and so it can include a range of practices, some involving relatively higher intensiveness and management, and some involving almost no intervention, more of a 'tending the wild' approach. Bellamy has made clear in some podcasts that he is in favor of using forest gardening as a means of restoring damaged landscapes to produce food for humans and nonhumans so that we can move toward a 'tending the wild' lifeway over the course of a few generations.

Hmmm...doesn't seem Little Black Cart has it in stock. Not listed on their site.

but says they will be getting more soon.

The first print run of Backwoods has sold out, but there will be another run finished in roughly a month.

We do not have plans to publish audio files, but if someone else would like to, go for it.

Layla AbdelRahim has agreed to an interview for issue two, about which we are very excited - if anyone has suggestions for questions to ask or topics to discuss with her, please feel free to post them there or to e-mail me at BellamyFitzpatrick@riseup.net.

No suggestions, I just think she is awesome and glad to see her perspective getting attention !

congrats on the first printing going out so fast!

two things i think might be great to hear layla expand on are (1) if she thinks her (any?) position on veganism, in the face of meaninglessness of the universe, is philosophical suicide, and (2) if her idea that: "the problem—all the problems—economic, speciesist, sexist, misogynist, wars, everything, goes back to that decision to hunt," is reason enough to incendia al humano!

maybe not the second one…

Where didja read that? If true the that sound like some dumb theory. Like most of native clans in precolombian Turtle Island were hunters-gatherers. While they had rituals to ask the animals to be killed, they were trapping or, using swamps and icy crusty snow, making them run 'til exhaustion, or run off cliffs. All were clever, though not too sporty, hunting techniques that insured food for a while, yet it was still predatorial. This was done by societies where women could choose several partners and divorce with those they found unappropriate. I don't think there was much room for sexism and sexual abuse in these social arrangements.

she said it in an audio interview with either the final straw or which side podcast. i can't remember which but (as an anti-civ vegan myself) it struck me… so i wrote it down immediately then liberated her (expensive, academic-press) book the next day.

because…


See, I'm a, I'm a murderer, I kill what I eat
See, I'm a, I'm a hunter-gatherer, I kill what I eat
See, I'm a steelworker, I kill what I eat
I'm a, I'm a bricklayer, I kill what I eat
Great big thing crawling all over me
Great big thing crawling all over me
Great big thing crawling all over me
Have you always hunted with your hands?
Can you show me what you've done?
Have you always hunted with your hands?
If you catch it, can you kill it?

I used to be supporting FRR when Bellamy was there. Their act as a cranky funny gay East Bay couple of talk show hosts had reached a peak in hilarity and artistic quality but then it seems that Bellamy's intellect bubble went hot-air balloon and the dude ass-ended deep into obnoxious and/or irrelevant philosophical musings to a point he became sympathetic with that troll lord Emile...

My bad.

At least if there was still humor in his bad prose... but since satire can get in the way of self-infatuating big egos (yes, I'm alleging full-on self-aggrandizing jingo narcissism here), I guess he musta dropped his sense of humor somewhere down the road, probably when he attempted to emulate Scotus (wtf?) somewhere in a forest with dear dear friends. Anyway America's still big and large enough for these patriarcal colonies to grow and accumulate stuff and privilege... before they become yet another suburb or collapse, haha. Glad the people he's attracting to this publication are not only those wannabe neo-New Age esoteric philosophers and that some appear to be caring about real-world matters like study of plants and forest gay saunas, but aren't we really just fucking witnessing the emergence of yet another '70s like guru!? Like ya know Derrick Jensen on acid? Answer in the next episode of The Black Seed,... or ask some fucking Swedish esotericist neckbeard whose last name is just a damn letter (coz fuck family names I'm more important than all of you!).

...THOUGH, I do believe it to be sociologically relevant to be seeing this return to '70s-'80s New Age cultism, rebranded and reformulated as Rewildism or something. Back in the days these people were mostly all closet yuppies seeking to find their own souls, out of the soulless bourgeois, decadent lifestyles they had. Then they became dentists, orthodondists, chiropraticians and all the rest of the lazy yuppies crowd who fuck anything that comes to their apartments. French erotica all over the place, reified. I had a boner for my dentists back in my teenage who were in one of these groupings. Gosh... why wasn't I invited to their parties?

Oh yeah, I know... wrong social caste. Such a cold, cold world for downscale individualists like me. Good grace...

Backwoods is back in print and available at LBC http://littleblackcart.com/journals/backwoods-1/

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