Introduction to “The Calusa: A Savage Kingdom?”

Recently, Revista Regresión has issued Halputta Hadjo’s “The Calusa: A Savage Kingdom?” in pamphlet form in Spanish, which can be found on many sites on the Internet. Here we translate the introduction from that pamphlet translated from the Spanish:

Editorial

The following essay is a turning point for eco-extremist theory. The author accomplishes a meticulous investigation of the Calusa of the coast of Florida in the present-day United States. In doing so, he opens up a significant panorama with respect to the examples that can be used that are not necessarily historical examples from nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes. Before this essay, eco-extremist theory always felt obligated to only cite these aforementioned tribes as the basis of its theory.

“The Calusa: A Savage Kingdom?” teaches a valuable lesson; namely, that much can be learned from both the small nomadic groups and the great pre-Columbian civilizations. Here there is no danger of falling into a theoretical “contradiction,” as eco-extremists can reference the Selk’nam as well as the Mayas. They can refer to the experiences of petty criminals as well as those of the large mafias; the Guatemalan gangs as well as the rigid organization of the Islamic State. That is to say, eco-extremists are free to refer to whatever they like, without any hint of morality, with the only condition that it gives a particular useful lesson concerning the planning and execution of their war.

This is the case in citing the Calusa. The author devotes himself to exposing the characteristics of that people, emphasizing their ferocity against the invaders, but also focusing on their way of life, their customs and traditions, their form of government, and their pagan beliefs related to wild nature as seen in their surroundings. That is to say, it treats themes that many would consider discomforting, politically incorrect, and inhuman, thus leaving valuable lessons to be learned.

In this way Halputta Hadjo leaves his mark.

Xale

Revista Regresión

Summer 2016

 

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