Notes on utopia and anti-industrialization

May 1, 2021

The contemporary critiques of capitalism, whether in the shape of deep ecology, minimalism, or hippie new age spiritualism, all share varying amounts of anti-industralization. Can a truly emancipatory politics dispense with the productivity of labor afforded by mass production? Are the benefits of industrial production inseparable from its disadvantages?

Anti-industralization is nothing new. It is almost as old as industralization itself. Anarcho-primitivists, the Luddite movement in the 19th century and hippies in the 20th century all have erected arguments against the effects of the transformation of agrarian societies into mass societies.

Some notes:

To be continued