“Primitivism” 101

Layla Abdel-Rahim joins me for today’s podcast. Get ready for a fascinating, thought provoking discussion. Layla is a teacher, a prolific writer, a philosopher, and an artist. Her critiques of industrial civilization are definitely on point, and they compliment the works of the anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan whom she recently paneled with in New Mexico at the ‘Anarcho-Primitivist Momentum’ conference.

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Part I (Critiques & Definitions)

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Part II (Technology)

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Part III (Freedom From Domestication)

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5 Responses to “Primitivism” 101

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  2. Aurora says:

    I was wondering if you could provide a link or more information on the author on economics mentioned in the podcast. I understood his name to be “Lasse Nordland” from Scandinavia, but I could not find anything on that, so I assume I misspelled or misunderstood it. The theorectical approach basically proving that civilization is not working without opression and slavery sounded interesting, especially in the face of too many people stating that it is possible to bring all 7 billion people to a western standard of living if we just apply enough technology. So can please someone write the name correctly or link to some of his work? Thank you

  3. Hello Aurora,
    The name is Lasse Nordlund and he lives in Finland. The title of the essay is: “The Foundations of Our Life: Reflections about Human labour, Money and Energy from Self-sufficiency Standpoint”. If you are interested in more discussion of his essay, I discuss him in the context of the ecology of Canadian Maritimes in my travel blog (2009), specifically in part 3, I give a link to his essay in pdf:
    http://www.travel.miltsov.org
    All the best,
    Layla

  4. Aurora says:

    Thank you a lot, Layla. I liked your interview and will read this essay for sure. Greetings…

  5. mishu says:

    “What are the sick and disable to do in this caveman future, DIY insulin?”
    Diabites, cancer, coronary heart disease etc. -are collectively refered to as “diseases of civilization”. A large number of infectious diseases are also a product of civilization, or more precisely of domestication of animals whose spreading to epidemic proportion was made possible by humans living in cities.

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