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  Aragorn! has died
Posted by: Odin - Sun, 16 Feb 2020 06:48:30 +0000, 06:48 AM - Forum: News & Action - Replies (1)

At 10:26pm on Thursday February 13 Aragorn! walked on. After a debilitating stroke he baffled his doctors by dying and self resuscitating twice, then finally passed peacefully in his sleep.

A memorial will be held at a date to be determined. Watch here for more information.
If you have photos we would like them. You can send them to info@littleblackcart.com

He requests that memes be made about his death.


https://anarchistnews.org/comment/17497#comment-17497



I didn't know Aragorn!, but I corresponded with him a few times. He contributed a lot to the anarchist publishing world, most notably Little Black Cart. Aragorn! also was connected to anarchist news in some way that I never exactly understood. I liked some of his podcast episodes (The Brilliant) when he had interesting guests on. For the most part, his eclectic nihilistic approach to anarchy was somewhat confusing for me to follow. He seemed to hate primitivism, yet harbored many anti-civ sentiments in his outlook.

R.I.P.

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  Book on Hunter-Gatherer Sharing
Posted by: Odin - Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:01:05 +0000, 05:01 PM - Forum: Anthropology & History - Replies (2)

I just received notice from ISHGR (International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research) that a new book has been published by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. It is open access and free to the public, made possible by a grant from the European Union.

I've skimmed through it and the essays seem interesting. The book covers the concept of sharing from prehistoric to historic ethnographic times. There are lots of color photos, charts, diagrams, graphs, and maps. It isn't a dry academic book.


Towards a Broader View of Hunter Gatherer Sharing

by Noa Lavi and David Friesem


You can view it or download it here:

https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/300112

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  Critique of Critical Criticism
Posted by: KyXen - Sun, 09 Feb 2020 21:23:17 +0000, 09:23 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

A critical article of an anarchist "critique" of primitivism.

http://theanvilreview.org/web/error-coun...ror-error/

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  reaching out
Posted by: hickman - Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:45:30 +0000, 06:45 PM - Forum: Introductions - No Replies

Hello to all users of this forum; I am happy to have come across it. 
While it does not seem to be terribly active, this may be for the better - I would prefer a slow drip of interesting words to ponder than a ridiculous stream of incomprehensible babble. 
I am on this site primarily for two reasons: for the first, while I've been active in other forums which served to sate my interest in having discussions of a primitivist nature - discussions which are often all-too-challenging to have in real life - those forums ceased to be useful to me. Both Squattheplanet and various communities on reddit are now dead to me, compromised. My second interest in being here is to reach out to those who may be local to me, that we might be able to meet in the real world of flesh and blood, to align ourselves in our projects. That is why I am unafraid to use my name here, and my email - I am at this point, more than a dangerous radical, a gardener and nut farmer making gentle, slow preparations for the Balkanization of the United States. I want to nurture whatever lands I live upon to be forgiving to those who remain when the power goes down, when Wal-Mart is no longer stocked, and when a vast chasm of time stands before our children and friends, when all human parties say - what now?
Presently, I am located in Michigan, but only temporarily. My home is in New York State's vast and unknown North Country, and that is where I will soon live and someday die. For those who are located within a few days distance by bicycle or less, I implore you to reach out. Many of the users here are doubtless aware of how hermitic the primitvist life "way upcountry" can be, and I hope our connections here can serve to alleviate some of that isolation. 

With respect and warmth,
hickman

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  Fusion?
Posted by: JUGENDHOC - Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:52:04 +0000, 12:52 PM - Forum: Environment - Replies (1)

Do you guys think fusion energy will happen?

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  Recent downtime?
Posted by: @demon - Wed, 01 Jan 2020 20:36:09 +0000, 08:36 PM - Forum: Meta - Replies (2)

Noticed the site's been resurrected after two months down. Welcomed news in many respects.

Bernalex, you still running the server?

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  Takaya: the Lone Wolf
Posted by: Odin - Fri, 01 Nov 2019 22:57:41 +0000, 10:57 PM - Forum: Environment - Replies (1)

Amazing documentary about an incredible wolf living on an island near a major Canadian city (Victoria, British Columbia).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiuHibGgr8

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  How Language Began
Posted by: Odin - Fri, 01 Nov 2019 09:12:02 +0000, 09:12 AM - Forum: Anthropology & History - No Replies

The origin of language and lessons from the Amazon.

Interview with Daniel L. Everett:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZKCJK-nmX0


More:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5lzt42Tb20

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  Do Civilizations Actually Collapse?
Posted by: Odin - Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:56:38 +0000, 03:56 PM - Forum: Anthropology & History - No Replies

Do Civilizations Collapse?

By Guy Middleton

In The Travels of Persiles and Sigismund (1617), Miguel de Cervantes wrote: ‘Prudent men should judge of future events by what has taken place in the past and what is taking place in the present …’ Looking around us, we can see the trouble we are in, we can see the threats to our overpopulated world, to our overly complex and thus increasingly vulnerable society and way of life. We do not need to make other peoples’ histories into lessons for ourselves. When the evidence for environmentally driven collapses in the past is so weak, and the evidence for contact-era atrocities so strong, it is a wonder that the former is the focus and the lesson, rather than the latter. Perhaps we should be asking ourselves what exactly we should be learning from history.

More:
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/do-ci...ket-newtab

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  Civilized to Death
Posted by: Odin - Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:25:28 +0000, 04:25 AM - Forum: Anthropology & History - No Replies

A new book by psychologist Christopher Ryan called Civilized to Death

"Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending—balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.

Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species’ long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization—and its costs. In Civilized to Death, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future"
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https://www.amazon.com/Civilized-Death-W...1451659105

Christopher Ryan on Joe Rogan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylQrshWAjuE

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