How Christianity lost its way: Proudhon

Civilization appropriates.  The managers of the apparatus take that which is not theirs and claim it for their own.  The State appropriates through taxes, eminent domain and military conscription the wealth and labor of its subjects.  Capitalists, through economic colonization, appropriate the wealth of people, land, water and minerals using force of law, gun and […]

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Anti-civilization thought in Thoreau’s “Walking”

“Give me a wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.” Henry David Thoreau is celebrated as the father of the environmental movement in the United States, but many of his writings on ecology, social life, economics and human relations share much in common with the radical anti-civilization or anarcho-primitivist movement. Though he predates the anarcho-primitivist […]

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Feral Jesus and the envoy of disruptive wisdom

After having rested in the wilderness, Feral Jesus awoke and went straightway to the detention hall at the local public school. And the rebellious rule-breakers and rejects of all kinds were gathered there. Feral Jesus said to them, “Who among you is brave enough to be an envoy of disruptive wisdom? It is not enough […]

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The Cynic and the bovines

The Cynic named Feral Jesus never thought his shocking antics would change anything, but neither did the mainline preacher, the do-gooding educator or the nine-to-five social worker. “Be honest, now,” he reminded himself, “Who will remember a damned thing of what you said or did?” Yet, Feral Jesus fulfilled his cynical vocation, just as the others fulfilled theirs. By […]

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Laugh, dance and fart: the Cynic’s guide to surviving a mad world

So, we no longer trust in the grand narratives (“isms”) that sustained our fathers and mothers – sky-god religion, nationalism, capitalism and scientific progress.  No center remains, no central authority.  We are left, it seems, to our own wits, to make it up as we go along.  Yet, there is one remaining authority, an author, […]

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Mind your own business, said Thoreau

Ruth Lane in her article, “Standing “Aloof” from the State: Thoreau on Self-Government,” says that Henry David Thoreau’s idea of the good life can best be stated as “Mind your own business.”  Thoreau was suspicious of all institutions that intended to control his life.  He did not look to political or religious structures for a […]

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