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The Wildernist Archives

From a UNCFC recruitment pamphlet.

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, author of All the Wild That Remains; David Skrbina, professor of technology and Unabomber penpal; Nils Faarlund, a cofounder of deep ecology; and a number of professors and conservation activists.

We’ve also provided some of the group’s early pamphlets and posters, below.


FC Journal #0

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  • The Tseringma Pilgrimage, 1971: An eco-philosophic ‘anti-expedition,’ Nils Faarlund
  • No More Monkey Mind, Jake Yarwood
  • In Defense of Plants, Matt Candeias
  • Life, a continuation, Iris Graaf
  • Technological Vertigo: A Review of Black Mirror, Ziqian
  • Interview with IRL, anti-tech graffiti artist, Renzo
  • Scrublands: What Living Off-the-Grid in Europe Looks Like, Antoine Bruy

The Wildernist #1: For the Wild

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  • Wildism: A Statement of Principles
  • The Myth of Erk, e=mc2
  • Interview with Dave Foreman, Dr. David Skrbina
  • On the Question of Technological Slavery, Dr David Skrbina
  • Our Primal Future, David Gessner
  • Leftism, Ultimo Reducto
  • Tapirs: North America’s Forgotten Megafauna, James Lee
  • #OutsideEveryDay, Adrienne Adams
  • The Death and Rebirth of Glen Canyon, Henrik Burns
  • The Revolutionary Importance of Science, John Jacobi
  • Prehistoric Art, Imagined and Real, Sylvia Tomaskova
  • The Story Behind Our Name

The Wildernist #2: First Steps

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  • Wildernism or Wildism? (Letter to the Editor)
  • A World Without Bees, Stephanie Zimmerman
  • The History of Bison in Southeastern North America, Mark Gelbart
  • The Skinny on the Endangered Species Act, Center for Biological Diversity
  • A Special Place and How It Was Lost, Gary Gripp
  • A World of Lions, James Lee
  • The Ecological Effects of Roads, Dr. Reed Noss
  • Interview with Doug Peacock, John Jacobi
  • The Wildernist’s 2015 Reading List
  • Refocusing Ecocentrism, Ned Hettinger and Bill Throop
  • A Sketch of Wildism in Contrast to Leftism

The Wildernist #3: Freedom in Wild Nature

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  • Editor’s Note
  • The Singular Uniqueness of Tarsiers, Filip Wojciechowski
  • A Review of Dark Mountain #8, John Jacobi
  • Our Decline in (Pre-)Historical Context, Scott Johnson
  • Nature Needs Half, Harvey Locke
  • Three Letters to the Editor
  • Plant Family Patterns for the Neo-Botanist, Alexander Meander
  • Introduction to Evolution, Matt Candeias
  • Homo naledi and the Problems with the Homo Genus, Dr. Nathan Lents

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