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New PDF release: Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections

By John Zerzan

ISBN-10: 0966775805

ISBN-13: 9780966775808

From Hesiod on via to the "primitivists" of at the present time, in terms of Rousseau, William Morris, and Fourier, between others51 decisions in all. Here's a reader that throws mild at the internal common sense of civilization and its devouring direction. In those occasions of desolation for person, society, and biosphere alike, this sort of assortment (including commentaries through Zerzan) is urgently wanted. Why does each tradition have its eager for a misplaced Golden Age? How have background and development introduced us such enormous separation and vacancy, this type of feel of no destiny? Is it civilization itself that has introduced us right here? Schiller, Paul Shepard, Kirkpatrick Sale, Fourier, Perlman, Sahlins, Bahro, Zerzan, the Unabomber, and so forth. etc.visionaries and theorists exposing the rules of today's trouble.

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It is not only an abstract Mother Earth who is the victim of this psychic deformity, but all wild things. Characteristically, farmers and townsmen do not study and speculate on wild animals or “think” them in their poetic mystery and complex behaviors. With civilization, typically fewer than twenty kinds of plants and animals in one village were tended, herded, sheltered, planted, cultivated, fertilized, harvested, cured, stored, and distributed. Sacrifice and other ceremonial activity were restricted accordingly.

These changes include plumper and more rounded features, greater docility and submissiveness, reduced mobility, simplification of complex behaviors (such as courtship), the broadening or generalizing of signals to which social responses are given (such as following behavior), reduced hardiness, and less specialized environmental and nutritional requirements. The sum effect of these is infantilization. The new message is an emotional appeal, sense of mastery, and relative simplicity of animal life.

Everything in sight belongs to me in the same sense as my members: legs, arms, hands, and so on. The buildings, streets, and cultivated fields are all continuous with my voluntary nervous system, my tamed, controlled self. In the ideology of farming, wild things are enemies of the tame; the wild Other is not the context but the opponent of “my” domain. Impulses, fears, and dreams the realm of the unconscious no longer are represented by the community of wild things with which I can work out a meaningful relationship.

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