Topic of the Week: Green Anarchism
How do green or ecological factors affect your thoughts or actions as anarchists, if at all?
What is the importance of indigenous resistance or solidarity as green anarchists, now and moving into the future? What are the implications of the notion that civilization has encroached over every space on the planet, and is there any hope for escape? Would such an escape look like something completely different than anything we’ve known in the past, or would it resemble historical modes of living such as hunter/gatherers? Are tools and technology separated from or a part of nature, i.e. is there a distinction between what is natural and what is artificial? If so, what importance does such a distinction play in the everyday life of people (or yourself) today? Can terms such as wildness or domestication be useful or elaborated on or are they merely jargon or loaded concepts?
What may be the impact of future ecological instability on anarchist resistance or praxis (e.g. in the case of drought, severe weather, poor agricultural conditions, floods, or other supposed effects of global warming…)? The anonymous text Desert, for example, suggests pockets of autonomous life and resistance that could potentially form in the gaps left by such future disasters or instability.
Are green anarchist views necessarily anti-humanist? What would a more ecologically-oriented human relationship to the earth look like? How do groups such as ITS (Individualists Tending toward the Wild), waging so-called eco-terrorism against technologically-based targets tie into the question of anarchist praxis or thought? The group self-identifies as eco-extremists and they have explicitly proclaimed they are not anarchists (see recent communique here). Their tactics of indiscriminately bombing and torching targets without regard to collateral human injury, and assassinating other targets such as a biotech worker have also drawn much criticism. Are the acts and ideas of ITS firmly at odds with the anarchist idea? What can be drawn from their insistence to “attack in the present” as opposed to working towards a supposed future revolution? Is green anarchism or anarcho-primitivism at odds with individualist, egoist, or nihilist thought?