My name is Arnold Schroder. Fight Like An Animal grew out of my experience of attempting to make meaningful progress on the ecological crisis. I've encountered many fundamental barriers which seem worth articulating and proposing means of overcoming.
In particular, far from being academic, it seems that core assumptions about human behavior and human nature, or the lack thereof, found in social movements are materially impacting their ability to shift our trajectory. Variation in political outlook reflects variation in assessments of human nature, and social movements are employing chaotic reasoning about human nature derived from largely forgotten debates in academia. This chaotic reasoning manifests as material chaos: in social movement action, decision making, framing, rhetoric, etc.
I believe that an explicit understanding of human behavior and perception—incorporating the panoply of rapidly accumulating results in biology, cognitive science, psychology, and related disciplines—is a desperately needed complement to the structural analyses and emphasis on social construction currently dominant in social movements.
I do this in part to explicitly articulate the theoretical foundations of my own ecological political experiments. I also offer it to everyone who is acting on the basis of empathy, regardless of ideology. I believe this theoretical framework is of equal use to insurrectionary anarchists and progressive Democrats. Hopefully, it orients us to the salient variables, rather than defining what conclusions should be drawn from the variables.