(Paperback edition with new introductory essay, published January 2015.)
It may be the most honest attempt at literature we've seen.
Much in contemporary thought is made up of myths masquerading as facts, and it is refreshing to see these myths clearly identified as such.
“That civilisations fall, sooner or later, is as much a law of history as gravity is a law of physics. What remains after the fall is a wild mixture of cultural debris, confused and angry people whose certainties have betrayed them, and those forces which were always there, deeper than the foundations of the city walls: the desire to survive and the desire for meaning.”
Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto was the starting point for the whole Dark Mountain Project. It takes aim at the myths of civilisation - the myth of progress, the myth of human separation from nature - and the way they shield us from recognising the depth of the mess in which we find ourselves.
It is also a call to a deeper cultural engagement with the ecological, economic and social crises of our time. How good or bad a job we make of navigating the end of the world as we know it will depend not least on the stories we tell ourselves.
First published in 2009 as a hand-stitched pamphlet, this new edition is a slim paperback with a new introductory essay from the manifesto's co-author Dougald Hine. 'It is unusual for a twenty-page, self-published pamphlet to be given a two-page lead review in the New Statesman,' he writes, 'and rarer still for that pamphlet to start a cultural movement that the New York Times can introduce to its readers as "changing the environmental debate in Britain and the rest of Europe".'
That has been the journey on which this manifesto led us. If you want to understand more about where Dark Mountain came from, then this is the place to start.
Authors: Paul Kingsnorth & Dougald Hine