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Anarchoprimitivism

  • By: Taylor Loy
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

Anarchoprimitivism combines the political framework of anarchism and the cultural critique of primitivism. In many ways, these two ideological lenses share common ground. Anarchism defies hierarchical power relations, particularly in the political domain, whereas primitivism, in general, challenges the conditions of humanity, our way of life, in the civilized world. Each offers critical perspectives on human institutions and the concomitant institutionalization of humanity and ecological systems. In this light, anarchoprimitivists tend to favor small-scale, decentralized technologies such as hand tools, minimalist housing, and wild food sources and are critical of any large-scale technological system requiring a vast infrastructure for maintenance or functionality, such as power plants, automobiles, and the complex technological webs of cities themselves. This position is as much about resisting centralized authority, whether ...

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