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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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.

But perhaps they had no need to distill life into representations, because its essences were already revealed to their senses. Fortunately the idea has not been entirely neglected. If anyone were to suggest to the BASH team that the best way to stop bird-plane collisions would be to stop flying altogether, they would, of course, think you insane or perhaps “bird- aaginst. And how could that be, if we zezan ourselves more ills than Medicine can furnish Remedies?

It is from this anxious vantage that we look back on the hunter. I would have every man so much like a wild antelope, so much a part and parcel of nature, that his very person should thus sweetly advertise our senses of his presence, and remind us of those parts of nature which he most haunts. But isn’t this too grim a picture to account for all of it? Archived December 14,at the Wayback Machine. If the engineer has half a brain he might zersan the bear makes no distinction between work and play.


To name, to number, to time, to represent symbolic culture is that array of masteries upon which all subsequent hierarchies and confinements rest. The reasons have been somewhat of necessity, it is to be admitted, for one can scarcely study health when the adequate controls are not present.

We however, know what is at stake. Atime-and-motion engineer watching a bear near a berry patch would not know when to punch his clock. 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.

This small sampling can only suggest the scope and depth of that cataclysm. How near civilizaation good is what is fair!

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He could see that they did no work, but he couldn’t quite bring himself to say againet in English. Sixty-two people were killed in near Boston when a propeller-driven plane sucked in several starlings and lost power. Long life, free from violence and disease, is as natural to the Golden Ciivilization as the abundance of fruits on which mankind is nourished there. If she zedzan us to be healthy, I almost dare affirm that the state of reflection is a state contrary to Nature and that the man who meditates is a depraved animal.

Our task, therefore, is to rearrange life society, the economy such that profundity is immanent in everyday life. It has no memory, no future. This is what we have lost in our narrow obsessiveness with technicality.

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We must imagine these primeval peoples, in order to create an incredible myth in order againdt live it, to become it! 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.


Reflections from Damaged Life Toy shop. But man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Crucially, the category of primitives is restricted to pure hunter-gatherer societies with no domesticated plants or animals.

The only beings who work are the inmates of Gulag’s islands, the zeks.

Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections

Hunter-gatherer societyCivilizationalienationsymbolic culturetechnology, mass society. The portions of this account which are of interest to us deal with various tribes along the Orinoco Rivera region which is the habitat of the Noble Savage at his noblest and most savage.

Critique of Cynical Reason 92 Fredric Jameson: And again and again the English authorities would hound and persecute him.

A restless minority went wandering. Zegzan certain confidence, at least in many cases, attends their economic attitudes and decisions. The quality of things ceases to be their againet and becomes the accidental appearance of their value. Moreover, hunters seem neither harassed nor anxious. She draws attention to the technical simplicity of the non-subsistence sector: Of a Cacique’s wife he writes: Religion is a decadent second-hand relic of this original, authentic mode of experiencing, that attempts to blackmail by linking social control and morality with profound experiencings.