On Primitivism

I’ve got major sympathies for the philosophy of anarcho-primitivism, the idea that primitive living would make us healthier and happier. The agricultural revolution, while being necessary to sustain growing populations, brought with it poor diets, poor lifestyles, poor parenting practices, and the cancer of statism resulting in economic exploitation and poor childhood educational practices. The industrial revolution compounded these, while improving things in other areas (medicine, for example). The achievements of mankind over the long run have been a mixed bag. We’re smarter about the universe and have achieved some amazing scientific, technological, and engineering feats, but we’re less healthy, less happy, more stressed, and more confused. (Or so it seems to me.) The silver lining? Had the agricultural revolution not occurred by now, most of us wouldn’t even be alive to lament it. So there’s that, and today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.