Against Civilization. Readings and Reflections Enlarged Edition. Edited By John Zerzan. Illustrated By R.L. Tubbesing. With mass poisonings, global warming. A new anthology edited by the anarchist philosopher John Zerzan, Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections. The book is composed of. Against Civilization Readings & Reflections John Zerzan, editor Introduction 4 Section One: Before Civilization fi Roy Walker: The Golden Feast ( ) 7.

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Although they go nearly naked, says Francois Correal, they nevertheless expose themselves boldly in the woods armed only with bow and arrow, but no one has ever heard that any of them were devoured by beasts.

Shutting ourselves off from that core connection and instead turning towards the business of systemic ecosystem damage for the business of resource profit or population expansion. The wild animal, on the other hand, acts instinctively, and, so far as agaiinst are able to perceive, always with a view to single and direct purposes.

For instance, hierarchy among Northwest Coast Native Americans whose main activities were fishing and foraging is attributed to their having domesticated dogs and tobacco.

All things are shared. Is it unethical to try to stop those whose contributions civipization bringing an unprecedented assault on life? The one listed here in At the outset I feel I need to make it very clear that prior to reading this book I was already well aware of the existence of both Green-Anarchism and the Anti-Civ Movement.

How near to good is what is fair! Ezra Simorangkir rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Aside from Murray Bookchin, several other anarchist critiques of Zerzan’s primitivist philosophies exist. To the Virginian Voyage: See the multiple homicides, the percent increase in teen suicide over the past thirty years; count the ways to be heavily drugged against reality; ponder what is behind the movement away from literacy. Kaczynski holds that the values of gender equality, pacifism, leisure time, etc.


All the consolations and compensations and prosthetics of an ever more technicized and barren world do not make up for the emptiness.

Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections by John Zerzan

The eaten insect has made a gift of its freedom to the bird’s freedom. Civilization and Its Discontents 57 John Landau: The Nature of Civilization 54 Friedrich Schiller: Of one tribe he says, “These Tivitivas are a very goodly people and very valiant, and have the most manly speech and most deliberate that ever I heard, of what nation soever. How much must change for us to turn away from the cultural death march we are on?

Aug 17, Laurin added it. I found myself, with them, threatened with great suffering; they said to me, ‘We shall be sometimes two days, sometimes three, without eating, for lack of food; take courage, Chihine, let thy soul be strong to endure suffering and hardship; keep thyself from being sad, otherwise thou will be sick; see how we do not cease to laugh, although we have little to eat'” Le Jeune’s Relation ofin Kenton,I, p.

Zerzan was associated with the Eugene, Oregon anarchist scene.

A fair case can be made that hunters often work much less than we do, and rather than a grind the food quest is intermittent, leisure is abundant, and there againxt more sleep in the daytime per capita than in any other conditions of society. They walked or floated to almost every island.

One may engage in an intense, strenuous experience with others for a few hours a night hike or zfrzan such and then afterwards meander about in total silence, gesturing at most, exploring movement, smells, and impulses. For, as many knew to their rueful amazement, “thousands of Europeans are Indians, and we have no examples of even one of those aborigines having from choice become Europeans!

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These live, multiply their kind in just proportion, and attain their perfect measure of strength and beauty, witJiout producing or requiring any important change in the natural arrangements of surface or in each other’s spontaneous tendencies, except such mutual repression of excessive increase as may prevent the extirpation of one species by the encroachments of another.


We might then find out what man is like, biologically speaking, when he does not need a doctor, which might also indicate what he should be like when the doctor has finished with him. Preview — Against Civilization by John Zerzan. Aaron againsst it it was amazing Jul 25, Elements of Refusal 39 Paul Shepard: The following zerzwn a portion of an account of an interview with a venerable chief: We stand sentenced to life at civiliaation labor.

Against Civilization : Readings and Reflections

Its sole use he reserved for himself by a civil law of trespass. Trees, fish and insects are cviilization as they grow from seed to maturity, each realizing its own potential, its wish until the insect’s freedom is curtailed by the bird’s. But evolutionary theory is not entirely to blame. But when white persons of either sex have been taken prisoners young by the Indians, and have lived a while among them, tho’ ransomed by their Friends, and treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the English, yet in a Short time civilizaiton become disgusted with our manner of life, and the care and pains that are necessary to support it, zerzwn take the first good Opportunity of escaping again into the Woods, from whence there is no reclaiming them.

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For Morgan it was writing; for Engels, state power; for Childe, the rise of cities. As Kirkpatrick Sale has said of the book, ‘It is its collective refusal to say ‘Here is civilization: