‘Only when civilization is destroyed will life (human or non human) flourish freely for the sake of its own needs, desires and aims. A genuine resistance must display qualities reflecting a free society, such as mutual affinity, personal autonomy, free association and a small organisational scale. This struggle is not guaranteed or even likely to succeed. However, resistance is an acknowledgement that civilization is the enemy, and the very act embodies the reclamation of its life for oneself’
‘ Our enemy – Civilization’
We are excited to put forward the call out for this year’s Fierce Dreams Gathering which will be in mid- November. We are committed, in the interests of continuity and to have an annual green anarchist focused event, to have it in the Springtime each year but the location will always be open for discussion. If you are interested or will be coming please email us as we would love to know and might be able to help you out somehow. This time around it will be in Tasmania so we thought it wise to leave it until later when it might be warming up… at least a little bit…maybe?! Continue reading
(photo by Lilli)
“Far from being a utopianist ideal, anarcho-primitivism worked for humans and our relationships with the earth since the dawn of our species. It is an easily observable fact that before technology, society, the work week, or the alienation of our current day malaise we knew how to live, we knew how to play, we knew how to eat and we knew how to thrive. Without police stations, churches, interstate commerce or monetary greed. Just like all other creatures we knew what to do and not to do because we were connected to the earth, instead of at war with her.” Back to the Primitive, Walter Bond
BUT WE CAN’T GO BACK!
When the topic of primitivism is discussed on internet messageboards, infoshops, and anarcholeftist bookfairs around the world, the term is met usually with a wave of reflexive eyeball-rolling, closefully followed by a chorus of disapproval. The organisationalists and urbanarchists, civilisation’s reformists and apologists, continually assert that they are living in the ‘real world’ and operating with ‘common sense’. They say they are challenging the system via the proper and correct channels, making a difference in their community, and fighting for social justice. All this wishful thinking and activist programming deliberately avoids the basic tenets of ecology, anthropology, and the geopolitical dimensions of industrialism, mass society and domestication. Furthermore, if one questions the premise and foundations of civilisation, some (who have an allegiance to cities, technology, and mass society) tend to take it personally and react defensively; discouraging, derailing, and sabotaging attempts further analysis. Continue reading
Last weekend Fierce Dreams collective attended the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair. On arrival after travelling to Melbourne specifically for it we found out we had been banned as a collective from the event. Organising the gathering last year we had a disagreement over email with a survivor (that we don’t know and have never met in real life) who we tried to work with to meet their needs but in the end found there approach autocratic and our ideas of anarchy vastly different. Due to this interaction they asked us to be banned from the event and the MAB collective decided to ban us seemingly without question. We did not know that we were banned until we arrived as the communication from the bookfair was completely lacking and unclear. Continue reading
A member of the bookfair collective tells us ‘Know your place. Accept your place. Be a shoe’.
Not without some trepidation, Fierce Dreams decided to brave the big smoke and head to Melbourne to do a table at the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair. We had heard it was ‘the world’s most liveable city’, wow! We had some decent reading material this time around and some folks (possibly illiterate, or unable to access this website) had written claiming to not know what Fierce Dreams is about. We hit them with both barrels this time, with classic anti-civilisation propaganda both old and new, including old GA primers, the first issue of Black Seed, Against History Against Leviathan and Land and Freedom by Seaweed. Top stuff, so I thought! However, once we turned up we realised that despite our great selection of reading material they were not so happy to see us. Continue reading
Somewhere on the east coast of Tasmania..
Fierce Dreams will happen again, this time almost certainly in Tasmania, sometime round October..
Stay tuned for updates soon, we will try to be a bit more onto it..
Any thoughts or threats write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Anarchism is an idea about what’s the best way to live. Anarchy is the name for that way of living.
Anarchism is the idea that the state (government) is unnecessary and harmful. Anarchy is a society without government. Anarchists are people who believe in anarchism and desire for us all to live in anarchy (as all our ancestors did for at least a million years).
People who believe in government (such as liberals, conservatives, socialists and fascists) are known as ‘statists’. Anarchists appreciate that statists don’t appreciate that statists don’t believe all the same things. Some of their differences with eachother are important. But the most important difference of all is between what they believe in- the state- and what anarchists believe in – anarchy.” Bob Black – Defacing the Currency
Again Fierce Dreams caused a kafuffle and upset the Sydney Anarchist ‘Scene’ before we even arrived there. We were denied a table at the Sydney Anarchist Bookfair (22nd of March in Marrickville) because we are against civilisation and interested in green anarchy/anarchoprimitivism. The later emails from the collective attempted to backpedal and blame it on other factors (such as a deadline which was published nowhere on the website – a top secret deadline!). They pretended that we asked for a free table (we did not).
Alas, they had already let the cat of the bag; they admitted they don’t want anyone there questioning civilisation, domestication or technology. The other groups who were allowed a table included the Vegan Teahouse, Libertarian Socialist project (lol!), anti Coal Seam Gas stalls, and Take Care zine project, amongst many others who are not explicitly anarchist whatsoever. Continue reading
This is a link to a recent interview with prominent anarcho-primitivist anthropologist Layla Abdel Rahim, author of recent book ‘Wild Children, Domesticated Dreams’. Layla’s work centres around domestication, the role of education, and how they help make us functioning parts of mass society. Layla has some very strong and well-researched theory but continues to write with her own voice, allowing her to reach beyond the confines of academia, and it comes across in this interview. The longest response is where they ask about red anarchism, and she adds another nail to the coffin of anarcholeftism and leftism intellectualism. It’s just a pity they keep crawling out.
Layla Abdel Rahim interview – http://anarchistnews.org/content/interview-layla-abdelrahim-anarcho-primitivism-and-red-anarchism