Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections by John Zerzan

By John Zerzan

From Hesiod on via to the "primitivists" of this present day, when it comes to Rousseau, William Morris, and Fourier, between others51 decisions in all. Here's a reader that throws gentle at the internal common sense of civilization and its devouring direction. In those instances of desolation for person, society, and biosphere alike, this kind of assortment (including commentaries via Zerzan) is urgently wanted. Why does each tradition have its eager for a misplaced Golden Age? How have heritage and development introduced us such significant separation and vacancy, one of these experience of no destiny? Is it civilization itself that has introduced us the following? Schiller, Paul Shepard, Kirkpatrick Sale, Fourier, Perlman, Sahlins, Bahro, Zerzan, the Unabomber, and so on. etc.visionaries and theorists exposing the principles of today's drawback.

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But man, the domestic animals that serve him, the field and garden plants the products of which supply him with food and clothing, can not subsist and rise to the full development of their higher properties, unless brute and unconscious nature be effectually combated, and, in a great degree, vanquished by human art. Hence, a certain measure of transformation of terrestrial surface, of suppression of natural, and stimulation of artificially modified productivity becomes necessary. This measure man has unfortunately exceeded.

The stories begin with what was for us the beginning of the Americas, with Columbus. One Miguel Diaz of the second voyage wounded a fellow Christian in an argument and to escape 34 punishment ran away into the woods where he became the consort of the local chieftainess. Like most of his kind, history loses track of him here, but his defection was thought worthy of record in his own time, a strange footnote to conquest. Then, following like an apparition the traces of further conquests, there are the renegades of Cortes, Narvaez, and Soto.

These intentional changes and substitutions constitute, indeed, great revolutions; but vast as is their magnitude and importance, they are, as we shall see, insignificant in comparison with the contingent and unsought results which have flowed from them. The fact that, of all organic beings, man alone is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power, and that he wields energies to resist which Nature that nature whom all material life and all inorganic substance obey is wholly impotent, tends to prove that, though living in physical nature, he is not of her, that he is of more exalted parentage, and belongs to a higher order of existences, than those which are born of her womb and live in blind submission to her dictates.

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