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Feb 24, Steve Mathews rated it liked it. For us this serves as an opportunity to revisit the role that primitivism is currently taking in twwilight thought and how Zerzan is serving in his role as its guardian.

I think that anarchists and primitivists are guilty of deliberate disingenuity when they discuss what “we” should do to improve society. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Review: Twilight of the Machines

This understanding is an essential and irreplaceable foundation of human health and meaningfulness. The principle of relatedness is at the heart of indigenous wisdom: Beginning with his essays appearing primarily in The Jogn Estate in the s collected in his central and still most important work, Elements of RefusalZerzan has built an impressive edifice of documentation, critique and speculation ranging over the lifeways of nomadic paleolithic gatherer-hunters to the origins of symbolic culture and civilization to the intensification of contemporary alienation in runaway technology, hyperurbanization and the emptiness of everyday life in mass consumer society and post-modern culture.

Feral House- Nature – pages. 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. No eBook available Amazon.

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People are not ideas and do not conform to the expectations we might have of them. Instead of following the Marxist line of johm 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.


For Zerzan, it seems, everything about language pf symbolization in general is bad news and not just unnecessary, but even at least metaphorically pathological. Quite possibly our last opportunity as a og.

PhattandyPDX rated it it was amazing Nov 25, Perhaps it is a kind of heroism. It should be painfully obvious, but it bears repeating, that not all members of a cultural johhn ethnic group have the same motivation, experience, or patience in dealing with members of another group. It is when people are enslaved, trapped in their activities, see no way out and eventually stop trying to escape from their macyines that they alienate their activities and lose sight of their original desires to live freely.

PoMo makes us complacent, or unwilling to be activists or to imagine a better future. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The collective solution to the crisis of civilization isn’t more efficient forms of technology, rather an unlearning of mediated experience through symbolic culture.

However it takes this beyond Freudian beliefs to claim that civilization should therefore be dismantled. We are currently the over-populated survivors of total destruction, blinking in the sunlight of our own loss, wandering aimlessly for food and shelter.

On the Origins of. For non-primitivist anarchists who are also interested in anthropology as a way to talk about human history, the frustration is how rigid the anarcho-primitivist view of anthropology seems to be.

Dec 27, Ed rated it liked it. You mostly have to piece it together through the critiques. 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.

There is never a problem if one person enjoys hunting and another leisurely gathers in order to share the fruits of their activities later. At this moment, there is the distinct possibility of doing just that. There are groups, small and shrinking, of people who have lived contiguously and were not entirely erased. Most anti-state communist interest in alienation remains firmly focused on the economy, economic relations, and how to engage in the midst of economic tension to affect social change.


I enjoyed this book for its pre-apocalyptic zersan, critiques of postmodernism, and supremely unique perspective. Inevitably, the critique of symbolic culture in itself as the prime cause and motor of human alienation will continue to be viewed skeptically by most radicals, since the development of alienation is more plausibly described and explained as a larger social process in which particular aspects of symbolic culture are mafhines reified, enlarged and turned against the individual and society, just as aspects of every other sphere of human life are progressively reified and turned against us.

I get a lot of its critiques of technology and of “mass society”.

It really doesn’t explain much about primitivism at all. It makes legitimate points. Machinees loneliness, our need for pharmaceuticals, our obsession with technological toys Danger is upon us! 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.

There are many different origin stories we can explore. Namely, I’m thinking about Stirnerian or Neitzchean postmodernists who wallow in ambiguity, yet are also very individualistic and action oriented.

Twilight of the Machines. That have continued to live.

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Twilight of the Machines. To ask other readers questions about Twilight of the Machinesplease sign up. In many essays, an army zeran 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 twiliyht 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.