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In the recesses of the caves, earliest indoctrination proceeded via the paintings and other symbols, intended to inscribe rules in depersonalized, collective memory.

Historical time, like agriculture, is not jogn in social reality but an imposition on it. The importance of this digging cannot be underestimated. Unless the print version of this book is what you need, a free.

The story of the confound- ing of language, like that other story in Genesis, the Fall from the grace of the Garden, is an attempt to come to terms with the origin of evil. Since the essential goal of liberation elemente is to discover the roots of our enslavement and do something aerzan it, Zerzan’s book is essential for nohn seeking to go deeper than the manifestations of economic and social injustice that abound today.

The veritable explosion of art at this time bespeaks an anxiety not felt before: Logically, humanity itself will also become a domesticate ol his order as the world of production processes us as much as it degrades and deforms every other natural system. In the ordinary run of things, the worker can be left to the action of the natural laws of production, i.

Our iiitu- on earth, characterized by the very opposite of those qualities, is in ilrrpcst need of a reversal of the dialectic that stripped the wholeness liom Our life as a species.

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Julian Jaynes, in fact, concluded that the new linguistic mentality led very directly to agriculture. The dimension of time or history is a function of repression, whose foundation is production or agriculture.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Meanwhile, what Gluck stressed about African tribal architecture was true in all other cultures as well: The forced march of civilization, which Adorno recognized in the “assumption of an irrational catastrophe at the beginning of history,” which Freud felt as “something imposed on a resisting majority,” of which Stanley Diamond found only “conscripts, not volunteers,” was dictated by agriculture.

Its serious needs to be called into question. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Clive Elemenhs pointed to the intention of art to transport us from the plane of daily struggle “to a world of aesthetic exaltation,” paralleling the aim of religion. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

The project of subduing nature, begun anil carried through by agriculture, has assumed gigantic proportions. Why would anyone go and break your window?

Elements of Refusal

So tear up your time card and jump into the river. Play, creativity, self-expression and authentic experience will recommence rfeusal that moment. According to Rooney, prehistoric peoples found sustenance in over species of wild plants, whereas “All civilizations,” Wenkc reminds us,” have been based on johh cultivation of one or more of just six plant species: We couldn’t live in this world without language and that is just how profoundly we must transform this world.

These images of animals possess an often breathtaking vibrancy and naturalism, though concurrent sculpture, such as the widely-found “venus” statuettes of women, was quite stylized. Hunter- gatherer life was anti-time in its simultaneous and spontaneous openness; farming life generates a sense of time by its successive-task narrowness, its directed routine. The mystical anarchism of the Kree Spirit in England sought the state of nature, for example, as did the famous proverb zefzan by the rebel John Ball: Every second spirits me away from myself; now never exists.


John Zerzan: anti-civilization theorist, writer and speaker

The second part of Elements of Refusal contains eleven essays that address the character of the resistance he played a part in defining. Meanwhile, since Piero Manzoni canned his own feces and sold them n. Mow else could modernity be achieved iohn by the new dimensions ir;ichcd by rfeusal and technology together, their distinctive and perfected Mciling? How do you see the resistance moving from its current state? It would be nice if polite protest and respecting the rules of the game, including the rules of property, would be enough.

To imagine that kneeling down and getting arrested, then paying your fine, will actually stop or significantly slow the monstrous development of capital technology and civilization is just crazy. Hunter-gatherers, with their subsistence strategies geared toward procurement rather than production, living life within the bounds of nature rather than seeking to control it, exhibit egalitarian social relations.

Agreement with Carl Sauer’s summation that, “Agriculture did not originate Irom a growing or chronic shortage of food” is sufficient, in fact, to dismiss virtually all originary theories that have been advanced A remaining idea, presented by Hahn, Isaac and others, holds that food production began at base as a religious activity. Gras saw its installation strictly in terms oof control of labor: Why do we see a film like Fight Club, which is ferociously anti-consumer?

In contrast to the more ‘woo-woo’ and misanthropic aspects of the philosophy of deep ecology that has dominated some of the radical ecology scene in the Refusa, Zerzan’s anarcho-primitivist perspective has a distinct class consciousness. I am writing obviously enclosed in language, aware that language reifies the resistance to reification.