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  1. says:

    A group of people are meeting on my university campus to discuss an area they are calling Political Geographies I learned one of the things they are reading is this manifesto the main authors of which are Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine from England It's short a slim volume though you can also read it online right here and then connect to their website and related issueshttpdark mountainnetaboutmanifeI got it and read it right away Context I am an older reader of eco terrorism of radical approaches to the destruction of the planet I think Duncan the Wonderdog Show One by Duncan Hines told in part from the perspective of animals of nature an ecoterrorist tale is one of the greatest graphic novels ever made I just read After the Ice about the final loss of the ice in the Arctic CircleUncivilisation is about ecocide the destruction of the planet that is going on even when I watch the Super Bowl which I did and enjoyed and so on as we go on with our daily lives trying not to think of it It is a statement of screaming rage at first and then an embrace of creativity of storytelling not as a means to reclaim where we were in some kind of enlightenment fantasy of progress but as a guide to whatever is ahead for UN civilisation after all there system collapsesThe manifesto uotes heavily from the poet Robinson Jeffers who was too dark for the US of A to embrace when he said many of these same thingsThese grand and fatal movements toward death the grandeur of the massMakes pity a fool the tearing pityFor the atoms of the mass the persons the victims makes it seem monstrousTo admire the tragic beauty they buildIt is beautiful as a river flowing or a slowly gatheringGlacier on a high mountain rock faceBound to plow down a forest or as frost in NovemberThe gold and flaming death dance for leavesOr a girl in the night of her spent maidenhood bleeding and kissingI would burn my right hand in a slow fireTo change the future I should do foolishly The beauty of modernMan is not in the persons but in theDisastrous rhythm the heavy and mobile masses the dance of theDream led masses down the dark mountainRobinson Jeffers 1935Here's a summary to see if you want to read the while thing the manifesto's central principles a summaryTHE EIGHT PRINCIPLES OF UNCIVILISATION‘We must unhumanise our views a little and become confidentAs the rock and ocean that we were made from’1 We live in a time of social economic and ecological unravelling All around us are signs that our whole way of living is already passing into history We will face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it2 We reject the faith which holds that the converging crises of our times can be reduced to a set of ‘problems’ in need of technological or political ‘solutions’3 We believe that the roots of these crises lie in the stories we have been telling ourselves We intend to challenge the stories which underpin our civilisation the myth of progress the myth of human centrality and the myth of our separation from ‘nature’ These myths are dangerous for the fact that we have forgotten they are myths4 We will reassert the role of storytelling as than mere entertainment It is through stories that we weave reality5 Humans are not the point and purpose of the planet Our art will begin with the attempt to step outside the human bubble By careful attention we will reengage with the non human world6 We will celebrate writing and art which is grounded in a sense of place and of time Our literature has been dominated for too long by those who inhabit the cosmopolitan citadels7 We will not lose ourselves in the elaboration of theories or ideologies Our words will be elemental We write with dirt under our fingernails8 The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop Together we will find the hope beyond hope the paths which lead to the unknown world ahead of usHighly recommend Read and let's talk This came out in 2009 Where was I?

  2. says:

    Was there ever a trickier art form to pull off than the manifesto? If you're lucky a few phrases will become the cliches of three generations hence Read as a whole thoughinvariably your first readers will be the people who've already bought what you're selling while the masses who need it are not the sort to read a manifesto And you can't strike the necessary bold pose if you hedge every statement with caveats but if you don't inevitably you leave holes in the argument at which even the broadly sympathetic might find themselves poking in frustration And make no mistake I am in sympathy with much of this That an increasingly deranged economy and the idea of 'growth' are largely responsible for the dire state of the planet I uite accept But then I live in North London and online so I would wouldn't I? That we're not going to be able to carry on regardless sure That technology is not the answerwell here I begin to dissent because I suspect it's at least some of the likelier constellation of answers And yetThe big idea of 'Uncivilisation' is attacking the myth of human centrality Some of the foundation suggested for this myth is uestionable The very fact that we have a word for ‘nature’ is evidence that we do not regard ourselves as part of it Really? Because last I checked we have a word for 'humanity' too And beyond that all these grand conflicted statements about our uniuely fucked up role in the history of nature how we are the only species to be capable of the current ecocidethat's just the myth of human centrality all over again Self disgust is self obsession honey millions of years back the algae killed most of the life then extant and did vastly disruptive things to Earth's atmosphere that we half bright apes are nowhere near matching This sort of thing recurs; the sense of oneself as a far grander sinner than is in fact the case is matched by its flipside the belief that one is a far bolder and lonelier rebel than the facts support Some of the most powerful writing in the manifesto resides in uotes from the 1930s work of poet Robinson Jeffers presented as a visionary exile from the canon Well up to a point but when this came out Jeffers was already being bigged up in the bestselling books of Rob Macfarlane Apparently It is hard today to imagine that the word of a poet was once feared by a king; I imagine Seth Rogen and Salman Rushdie both find it uite easy to imagine and that's limiting it to creators with the initials SR And like clockwork along comes the familiar broadsheet moan asking where the art can be found which addresses the issues of the day Just like every other time I read the uestion sigh and respond you want art asking big science based uestions about the future and yet you still somehow didn't think to investigate science fiction which has been handling this stuff since long before the muggles started paying attention?There's a persistent sense of a movement at pains to differentiate itself from nature writing; I suspect this is like the way Soft Cell saw themselves for valid reasons as entirely opposite to bands like Visage yet from any kind of distance are invariably placed under the same umbrella It's never clear in what beyond an especially black take on the dark mood often and understandably present in nature writing this difference consists Eually in the call for a new literature which abjures the old assumptions of progress The last taboo is the myth of civilisation I fail to see anything especially distinct from Celine or Cioran in hiking boots There is a lot here that I like Some passages are utterly true and necessary We will reassert the role of storytelling as than mere entertainment It is through stories that we weave reality Much of the rest even where I don't altogether agree is still powerful writing and evidence that these people are broadly fighting the right corner Fundamentally I suspect it may be as simple as this there will always rise would be prophets who have grand and sweeping visions for solutions to the issues of their age And alongside them there will always be the pernickety bastards like me the non joiners asking if they're sure they've really checked this paragraph against the implications of that chapter and what about over here and this bit? Are you sure? And without either one of those specialties everything would likely have gone even horribly wrong for humanity a lot sooner I'll let the manifesto have the last wordBeyond that all is currently hidden from view It is a long way across the plains and things become obscured by distance There are great white spaces on this map still The civilised would fill them in; we are not so sure we want to But we cannot resist exploring them navigating by rumours and by the stars We don’t know uite what we will find We are slightly nervous But we will not turn back for we believe that something enormous may be out there waiting to meet us

  3. says:

    I have the book via the link given in David's review

  4. says:

    Uncivilisation The Dark Mountain Manifesto is a plea for a conscious re rendering of the world through stories the primacy of which almost nobody acknowledges Or realizes The thesis runs that our modes and habits are products of stories we tell ourselves and of course this is clearly true We buy green products because we experience guilt over burgeoning ecological woes We shop locally if we can for who wants kiwifruit in January if it has to be carried many thousands of miles? We vote Kingsnorth and Hine submit that it would be in our interest to examine carefully all the stories that make up our life and where necessary discard them in favor of better wiser purposeful ones

  5. says:

    We do not believe that everything will be fine We are not even sure based on current definitions of progress and improvement that we want it to be

  6. says:

    This pamphlet started to pop up in many of my bookshelf recommendations so I ordered it from the UK because it wasn't available on or from my local library As someone who is familiar with a broad cross section of environmental literature the ideas put forward in this manifesto were not that shocking or groundbreaking and the authors seem to be rather west centric But the idea behind the movement is interesting and I would be willing to delve further into Dark Mountain literature

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    The Dark Mountain Project a website a print journal a movement led me to this manifest I did not write it but it speaks to me as though I did This is the manifesto for those of us who have stopped believing in the myth of progress This is for those of us who want to sit outside the bubble of civilization and comment upon what we see happening there

  8. says:

    A beautifully written resonant manifesto An important call to writers for Uncivilised writing to counter the myth of civilisation and human centrality Truly inspiring

  9. says:

    Don't agree with everything but certainly thought provoking

  10. says:

    I am 10 years late to this party but I found the narrative and guidelines I have been looking for

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F us living through the end of the world as we know it It’s a first attempt to set out the ideas behind the Dark Mountain Project and an invitation to join us in the search for the paths by which to reach the unknown world ahea. Don't agree