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The Dedalus Party

A new conservation party for a 21st century world. Our demand is simple: Don't fly too close to the sun!

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The Conscience of Conservation

The Dedalus Party Manifesto

Do we wish to preserve nature, man, and culture, or do we wish to remake them? If we keep our current technologies and population levels, we will have to exercise much greater control over wild nature and human behavior, even to the point of permanently altering the human condition. If, however, we hope to guard these against industrial development, we must reduce the human population, preserve and restore wildlands, deindustrialize large territories, and preserve and restore natural human behavior, including more traditional forms of human culture.

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Our Beliefs

Scientific Materialism

We operate from a scientific materialist standpoint. Having a faith tradition is permitted, even encouraged, but theory starts with the material world.


Biological Vision of Human Nature

Human biology is shaped by selection pressures typical of the Paleolithic era and strongly affects the shape of culture. Research on human biodiversity is encouraged, and biological sex differences are axiomatic, but racism and sexism are not tolerated.


  • Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, E. O. Wilson
  • Human Ethology, Irenaeus Eibl-Eibesfeldt
  • The Adapted Mind, Jerome Barkow, Leda Cosmides, & John Tooby
  • The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker

Cultural Evolutionary View of History

Culture should be understood as an outgrowth of human biology. That is, cultural development is primarily shaped by demography, technology, and geography, while ideas and beliefs are mostly a product of these, not the drivers. Any instances of elite dominance should be understood in demographic, evolutionary terms rather than conspiratorial and political ones.


  • What is Cultural Evolution?” The Cultural Evolution Society
  • Cultural Materialism, Marvin Harris
  • The Evolution of Technology, George Basalla
  • Culture and the Evolutionary Process, Peter Richerson & Robert Boyd
  • Without Miracles: Universal Selection Theory and the Second Darwinian Revolution, Gary Cziko

Tolerance for Primitivism

Our political approach is generally communitarian, but the group is defined by its common conviction that the primitive and natural things being lost to the march of civilization have value. Their loss is one of the primary reasons the project of civilization is in question. Thus, most in the group place a high value on nature conservation, tradition, and cultural preservation.


Recent Posts

  • The Crisis of Modern Technology
    The following is a condensation of “Creative Reconstruction of the Technological Society,” in the forthcoming book Sustainability Beyond Technology (Oxford Univ Press). Visit Dr. Skrbina’s website for more information. Technology is our glory and our curse. With simple stone tools and controlled use of fire, we conquered the savannah and established ourselves as the dominant Read More
  • Managing the Wild Back Into the Wilderness
    Originally published in Earth First vol. 7, no. 2. I am a wilderness outlaw. I worry more about meeting a wilderness ranger than about encountering a grizzly bear or an avalanche. I avoid ranger stations. I seldom seek advice about an area I intend to explore. I almost never obtain wilderness permits or file travel Read More
  • What is the Sound of One Billboard Falling?
    This article was originally published in the Berkeley Barb. Ed and I sat in a fire tower above Aztec Peak, a 7,748-foot-high mountain in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. Slowly he stood up, grabbed a half-full carton of sour cream, walked outside the lookout tower, and heaved it far into the forest below. The container rested near Read More
  • Remarks, Glen Canyon Dam, Spring Equinox, 1981
    Edward Abbey’s remarks at “the cracking of Glen Canyon Dam,” the first public action by the radical conservation group Earth First! Greetings. How nice to be back in Page—or Paje, Arizona—shithead capital of Coconino County. We are gathered here today to celebrate three important occasions: the rising of the full moon, the arrival of the Read More
  • The Wildernist Archives
    The Wildernist was a student conservation magazine published from 2015-2016 by a group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The group was originally known as UNC Freedom Club (UNCFC), named after the “ecoterror group” eventually identified as the Unabomber (they later changed their name to avoid controversy!). Magazines authors include David Gessner, Read More