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Anyone who is not interested in green anarchist or anti-civilization thought will dismiss the book out of hand. I think that anarchists and primitivists are guilty of deliberate disingenuity when they discuss what “we” should do to improve society. Zerzan is best known as one of the major proponents of anarcho-primitivism and green anarchy, along with Fredy Perlman and others.

Similarly, evidence indicates that both woman and men made the stone tools used by pre-agricultural peoples. Postmodernism in its attempt to smash all false binaries, smashes the binaries of culture and nature, freedom and slavery, ignorance and knowledge. At its core and even in its self-definition anthropology is a humanist discipline. There is never a problem if one person enjoys hunting and another leisurely gathers mzchines order to share the fruits of their activities later.

What is the difference between Americanization and genocide?

It is becoming too obvious that what bars our way is our failure to put an end to the reigning institutions and illusions. To the extent that Zerzan is also a humanist he uses his predilection toward anthropology to make the case about the kind of society he finds appealing.

John Zerzan: anti-civilization theorist, writer and speaker

For us this serves as an opportunity to revisit the role that primitivism is currently taking in anti-civilization thought and how Zerzan is serving in his role as its guardian. In fact, civilizations seem to have involved the progressive institutionalization of political, economic and social domination of anyone and everyone caught in their nets of control.

The civilized task of genocide has not been completed. Crucial to his critique of modernity is the disharmony, alienation, and psychological problems which result from it. However much symbolic culture may involve less direct and jobn abstract forms of interaction with the human and social world, these forms of interaction are never in themselves necessarily alienating. Quite possibly our last opportunity as a species.


Zerzan is not calling for this practice. On the Origins of. Alienation is the action by which people and groups become alien to the results of their own activity, the environment in which that activity occurs, to the people who share that environment and activity, and to themselves.

This ethos has come to define what thinking is, and the sensual part of experience has to [sic] greatly given way to symbolic experience; that is, direct experience is being reduced toward zero point What Zerzan continues to miss is that for the bulk of humanity, including civilized people, this apocalypse has already happened. Perhaps it is a kind of heroism. While not light reading by any means, the essays in Twilight of the Machines are all fairly short the longest seems to be only 11 pages.

Jens Nordmark rated it liked it Mar 17, Where face to face interaction breeds authenticity, closeness, and socialness, electronic and urban life produces inauthenticity, alienation, anti-socialness.

His books literally repeat the same info over and over ad nauseum. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The principle of relatedness is at the heart of indigenous wisdom: Theres also some stuff about how symbolic language is bad. To find our way home we are going to have to follow a different path than that of institutions and illusions. American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. Instead of following the Marxist line of eternal fascination with alienation as simply synonymous with economic relationships, he looks to other human endeavors, in particular to pre-industrial, pre-capitalist world-building that seems to have led to the current economic alienation.

When everything is at stake, all must be confronted and superseded. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of hunter gatherers as an inspiration for what a free society should look like. We must allow ourselves to see what has happened to us, including the origins of the disaster.

We are seeing more deeply, and the explorations must extend to include everyone. A use of apocalyptic imagery along with a deep ambivalence toward catastrophe itself, a fascination with the exposition of the ideologies of Archaeology and Anthropology, and a preference for a pastoral way of life. John Zerzan is now one of the most well-known of contemporary North American anarchist writers and theorists, along with Noam Chomsky and Hakim Bey and formerly, prior to his definitive renunciation of his already questionable anarchism, also Murray Bookchin.


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Chris rated it macyines liked it Jul 16, Seve rated it really liked it Nov 07, It makes legitimate points.

All of these disciplines have things to offer any critical thinker, but it indicates a naivety and lack tailight imagination for any anarchist to act as a popularizer of, or advocate for, positions that originate in the academy with the biases.

In many essays, an army of quotations and notes from an array of writers and texts some revealingly relevant, but others at times rather irrelevant are marshaled to the particular task at hand of critically destroying whichever aspect of life is targeted this particular time the essays on the origins of civilization in Elements of Refusal on agriculture, language, art and number are paradigmatic here.

Anthropology just happens to be the choice of one twikight of anarchists; economics is the choice of another group, while sociology, philosophy, multicultural studies, etc, reflect the preferences of others.

No nuanced analyses or shades of gray are allowed. In addition, it can evoke a world of danger, of general strikes and insurrections; but, in most forms, it ends up looking like marches, protests, and hope blocs.

All creatures–man, woman, beast, insect, bird, and fish–lived happily together with this silence until one day man and woman lay down together and between them created the first word.

Metemorfoz rated twiliht liked it Jun 14, How would you distinguish symbolic culture and symbolic thought, and what is their relation to civilization? Leaving it all behind is the opposite: