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Primitivism is a philosophy advocating a return to a pre-industrial and usually pre-agricultural society. It is usually considered to be an anarchist philosophy.

Primitivism can also refer to any philosophy which seeks to return to the roots of a larger movement, such as Muslims and Christians who seek to return to the first few centuries of Islam or Christianity.

Primitivism believes that industrial society inevitably produces oppressive structures through specialization of tasks[?] or division of labor, and that technology has similar negative implications. Some forms of primitivism question civilization itself.

The primitivist movement has connections to radical environmentalism.

Primitivism has been notably advocated by John Zerzan, and to some extent by Theodore Kaczynski (the Unabomber).

During the 1990s the UK magazine Green Anarchist aligned itself with the primitivist movement, although their are many who would describe themselves as 'green anarchists' who would not see themselves as subscribing to this philosophy.

See also: Amish, Antimodernism, Postmodernism

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