Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

Desert

Academic journal article Anarchist Studies

Desert

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Anonymous, Desert St Kilda: Stac an Armin Press, 2011, 92pp.

This slim text from an anonymous author relies primarily on James Lovelock's environmental observations to posit that climate change is an unavoidable reality. It touches on a broad range of issues including population overshoot, peoples without governments and surveillance states to explore the possibilities for liberty and wildness that could be opened up by this 'unstoppable' shift in global climate conditions.

Desert bridges a gap between traditional anarchist critique of industrial capitalism's environmental impact and analysis of civilisational collapse often undertaken by anarcho-primitivist works. These dual influences are perhaps reflected in the reference to both 'liberty' and 'wildness' throughout. Though it does not include the tones of celebration implicit in many primitivist works, its acceptance that the struggle to prevent massive accelerating change is over, its passing recognition of the huge impact this will have on the poorest populations across the planet and its emphasis on the positive possibilities of this scenario reflect strong currents located within primitivist thought.

The author's ability to draw together so many issues is commendable, and the work could act as a useful guide to readers looking for a broad anarchist analysis of many convergent themes. …

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