The Rewilding Podcast

…Coming in November of 2019

The Rewilding Podcast explores the philosophy and practice of returning to place-based, regenerative subsistence strategies, inspired by those that existed prior to–or those that exist outside of–the formation of agrarian states.

Humans have lived on the planet for nearly 3 million years, and yet the culture of the last 10,000 has caused the sixth largest extinction in the history of life on earth. We are in the midst of a cultural and environmental collapse. The recent project of civilization has failed humanity, and we are in search of new systems modeled after the ones that came before: ones that lasted for millions of years without making a noticeable impact on ecosystems. The most resilient ways of living are the ones that are regenerative and regional. As the current global governments and States slide into chaos, tyranny, and eventual collapse, we are creating transitional models of living together to escape and minimize the fall out and to and thrive in an uncertain future. We are creating a new narrative, backed by contemporary science and research, backed by millions of years of human stories of living harmoniously in place. We call this movement rewilding, and it can’t be done alone. It can only be done together… Welcome to my podcast.

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The Rewilding Podcast aims to explore questions such as these:

  • How have humans practiced regenerative subsistence practices through the ages?
  • How have humans made and maintained egalitarian cultures over the ages?
  • What went wrong, when, why, and how? -in other words, exploring the complexity of “how did we get into this mess?”
  • How have humans evaded enslavement by the state and agricultural systems?
  • What do humans need to understand about one another so that we can rewild together across our cultural differences?
  • What are strategies for straddling being a captive of the current system and building the next one?

Common themes of the Rewilding Podcast are:

  • What “wildness” means
  • Resistance to and abandonment of civilization and the state
  • Living in both worlds, bridging this world with the one beyond
  • Cultural regenerative subsistence practices
  • Coming together across cultural divides 
  • The intersections between prehistory, paleoanthropology, archaeology, and ecology
  • Problematic aspects of “rewilding”–and how to do better

Notes About This Podcast:

This podcast is a human rewilding podcast, not a “conservation rewilding” podcast. Conservation is a response to and application of State control over wildlands. It excludes humans as animals with agency who can have a positive or balanced relationship with their place. It imposes this belief on indigenous people. “Conservation” as an idea isn’t about living in balance through active management, but rather, a “hands off” preserve to be accessed for resources by the State at an unknown time in the future. No lands are safe from State exploitation, as laws and perceptions change overtime. Rather than taking a “hands off” approach to management, human rewilding looks at the ways humans can dwell in places with their hands-on without depleting all the resources and underminding the ecological foundation of life. Essentially, the way humans lived for 3 million + years prior to the agrarian state.

This podcast is for die hard, honest-to-god rewilding geeks. It’s not meant to be a general introduction for what rewilding “is” designed for the public in order to sell some version of Rewilding Lite™ as an online money-making scheme (like so many others who shall not be named have done). Rewilding is not about making the human zoo of civilization more comfortable, it’s about breaking free from the zoo once and for all. In short, This is a podcast for rewilders; those who are already practicing aspects of, and thinking about, rewilding all the time. If novices are drawn in, that’s wonderful, but it’s not the intent.