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Against Ecological SovereigntyEthics, Biopolitics, and Saving the Natural World$
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Mick Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670284

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.001.0001

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Primitivism

Primitivism

Anarchy, Politics, and the State of Nature

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(p.65) 3 Primitivism
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Against Ecological Sovereignty
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Mick Smith

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.003.0003

This chapter discusses the political possibilities that arise in articulating anarchic ethics with ecology, focusing on Brian Morris’ claim that anarchism indicates and incorporates an ecological attitude toward nature. It describes ecological anarchy that is ethically concerned with the current state or damaged condition of the natural world, and analyzes the mythic state of nature and the ideal and ideological beginnings of the ruling political authority. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the problems of anarchic ecology concerning “wildness.”

Keywords:   anarchic ethics, Brian Morris, anarchism, ecological anarchy, natural world, political authority, wildness

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