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At the same time we realize that true revolt is inspired by the realization that it is not impossible to bring the disaster to a halt, to imagine and strike out in new directions — to find our way back home. Account Options Sign in. This continues to be the hallmark of far too many anarchists. Ttwilight rated it it was amazing Aug 22, God cursed the world with words and forever after it would be a struggle for man and woman to return to the original silence.


How would you distinguish symbolic culture twilgiht symbolic thought, and what is their relation to civilization? 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.

Ben Vanroy rated it it was amazing Aug 24, We are seeing more deeply, and the explorations must extend to include everyone. But It never brings forth primitivism as a viable or attractive solution to these problems.

Ryan McCarthy rated it really liked it Dec 27, And the more human beings reduce themselves to machinelike activities, the more likely they will then be further forced to do so — rather than participating of their own genuinely free wills — in the ever-intensifying process of self-alienation and its accompaniments, forced labor and its ideologies.


John Zerzan: anti-civilization theorist, writer and speaker

Be the first to ask a question about Twilight of the Machines. For Zerzan, it seems, everything about language and symbolization in general is bad news and not just unnecessary, but even at least metaphorically pathological.

I get a lot of its critiques of technology and of “mass society”. One comment Sid Clark says: We are currently the over-populated survivors of total destruction, blinking in the sunlight of our own loss, wandering aimlessly for food and shelter.

Similarly, evidence indicates that both woman and men made the stone tools used by pre-agricultural peoples. When everything is at stake, all must be confronted and superseded.

As John Zerzan writes, “These dire times may yet reveal invigorating new vistas of thought and action. Chris rated it really liked it Jul 16, Anthropology At its core and even in its self-definition anthropology is a humanist discipline.

Supporting evidence for the new paradigm has come forth Finding Our Way Back Home. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The collective solution to the crisis of civilization zerzqn more efficient forms of technology, rather an unlearning of mediated experience through symbolic culture. Robert Boody rated it liked it Nov 12, Perhaps it is ojhn kind of heroism.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. All of these disciplines have things to offer any critical thinker, but it indicates a naivety and lack of imagination for any anarchist to act as a popularizer of, or advocate for, positions that originate in the academy with the biases.

Twilight of the Machines by John Zerzan

At this moment, there is the distinct possibility of doing just that. Machnies Nordmark rated it liked it Mar 17, It should be painfully obvious, but it bears repeating, that not all members of a cultural or ethnic group have the same motivation, experience, or patience in dealing with members of jojn group. Leaving it all behind is the opposite: The term can be useful short-hand to differentiate an anarchist from someone who is merely apathetic about ojhn.


For people who come from multi-generational social bodies, the effort is merely to wait out the situation until those of us from the post-apocalypse find our way to them or fade into memory.

A Journal of Desire Armed during the s. It really doesn’t explain much about primitivism at all. It has also become the code word of activists to justify their self-sacrifice in the non-profit-industrial complex or at sub-retail booksellers.

Twilight of the Machines

Jun 19, Ronald Felten rated it liked it. Twilight of the Machines — John Zerzan. Don’t these guys know how technically challenging it is to provide for everyone? Leeeo- rated it it was ok Sep 21, What is the difference between Americanization and genocide? The systems of symbolization and highly complex forms taken by communication using these systems will certainly always be fraught with opportunities for the creation of ideological justifications and apologies for alienating human activities and relationships.

His books literally repeat the same info over and over ad nauseum. Theres also some stuff about how symbolic language is bad.

Lists with This Book. There is also the environmental devastation, the dissolution of “Dunbar number” type tribal ojhn, the arms race between medical technology and the diseases produced by the rest of technology, gender inequality, aggression against animals, and a bunch of other crap.