Live Wild or Die! no. 7

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Earth First! Movement Writings

Live Wild or Die! no. 7

Live Wild or Die!, the most radical of the publications to derive from—even reject—the Earth First! movement, was published in various locations along the west coast of the United States starting in February 1988.

Al and Liam, eds., Live Wild or Die! no. 7 (1998). Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library.

This issue of Live Wild or Die! declares its attempt to be “unity” issue, crossing the boundaries that separate different movements. The issue covers fascism, work as wage-slavery, green anarchy, the millennium bug, and sexual liberation. In their introductory remarks, the editors explain their understanding of resistance:

With every passing day, it becomes increasingly obvious that the system cannot be reformed. Civilization as we know it will come down regardless of what we do; yet our task is the twofold way of hastening the downfall and hearkening the dawn. So our resistance will come in different forms. To organize labor against capital, that is resistance; to learn how to grow, gather, and hunt food, that is resistance; to liberate animals from concentration camps, that is resistance; to tree sit and blockade, that is resistance; to build community, that is resistance; and to smash up the machines of our slavery and destruction, that is resistance as well. We want to live in peace. But until there is justice, there will be no peace. No pasarán!

— Al & Liam

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Further readings: 
  • Lee, Martha. Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
  • Manes, Christopher. Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.
  • Foreman, Dave. Confessions of an Eco-Warrior. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.