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Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections

by John Zerzan

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One of the essays in this book was amazing. I think it was called The Pit. It was only an excerpt, though. The complete piece, even more amazing, is called HERE: A Small History of a Mining Town in the American Southwest, which can be found (in its entirety!) here: http://www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=501 ( )
  mvbdlr | Aug 2, 2014 |
A collection of excerpted writings, critiques of civilization by the eminently civilized. Therefore a sadness pervades - the alternative they seek is only a dream or a concept, or an anthropological hypothesis. None of these writers knows what it is like to live in a time or social group that is outside of civilization. So overall, I was reminded of that TS Eliot line (paraphrasing): "each in his cell thinking of the key/ thinking of the key, each confirms the lock."

Here's a particularly sad thought from Richard Heinberg - we have domesticated ourselves - "We are to primitive [sic] peoples as cows and sheep are to bears and eagles."

So those who dream of a human life without civilization are like sheep or cows who dream of being bears and eagles. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
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Foreword: Chellis Glendinning; Introduction: John Zerzan; Preface: Kevin Tucker, Unintended Consequences
Section I. Outside Civilization. Roy Walker, The Golden Feast; Hoxie Neale Fairchild, The Noble Savage: A Study in Romantic Naturalism; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality; Henry David Thoreau, “Excursions”; Fredy Perlman, Against His-story, Against Leviathan!; Arnold DeVries, Primitive Man and His Food; Marshall Sahlins, “The Original Affluent Society”; Lynn Clive, “Birds Combat Civilization”; John Landau, “Wildflowers: A Bouquet of Theses”; Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life; Marvin Harris, Our Kind; Ramona Wilson, Spokane Museum  huom. Kursivointi
Section II: The Coming of Civilization. George B. Marsh, The End as Modified by Human Action; Frederick Turner, Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness; James Axtell, The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America; John Zerzan, Elements of Refusal; Paul Shepard, Nature and Madness; Mark Nathan Cohen, Health and the Rise of Civilization; Robin Fox, The Search of Society; Chellis Glendinning, My Name is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization; Pierre Clastres, Society Against the State; Madhusree Mukerjee, The Land of the Naked People; Robert Wolff, Reading and Writing
  tyrnimehu | Sep 1, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0922915989, Paperback)

“Read it and you will never think of civilization in the same way again.”—Kirkpatrick Sale

This anthology about "the pathology of civilization" offers insight into how progress and technology have led to emptiness and alienation.

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