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Backwoods No. 1

A journal of anarchy and wortcunning
Spring 2018
74 pages, A5

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Published in the US by Enemy Combatant, this is the European edition printed by Active Publishing. 
A collection of anti-civilisation writings.

As described by the editors: "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."

Table of contents:
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

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