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I enjoyed this book for its pre-apocalyptic attitude, critiques of postmodernism, and supremely unique perspective.

The direct is replaced by the simulated and self-referential. What is the difference between Americanization and genocide? Anyone who is not interested in green anarchist or anti-civilization thought will dismiss the book out of hand. Our predicament points us toward a solution. Feral House- Nature – pages. But somehow it must be possible to use grammar and language in at least relatively non-ideological ways, else why does Zerzan continue to speak and write his critiques rather than foregoing writing and speech for the more twilignt communication he advocates?

Quotes from Twilight of the M Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Feb 24, Steve Mathews rated it liked it. In any case, it is abundantly clear that modern divisions of labor, technological systems and their mass consumer cultures have long passed the point of no return for potential desirability or sustainability in any humanly free and consenting ways. There were a few nuggets in this but it was mostly a lot twilifht incoherent angry eggheaded ravening.

Don’t these guys know how technically challenging it is to provide for everyone? 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. To find our way home we are going to have to follow a different path than that of institutions and illusions.


Postmodernism cutting the legs out from under any social critique, and thus strongly bolsters the status quo which machinees so happens to be capitalism.

Download article as PDF. Common terms and phrases Adorno agriculture anarchist anarchy Anthropology autonomy Axial Age band societies basic become Cambridge catastrophe century B.

If it is gwilight to come to different conclusions based on the same evidence, then the reason that you choose one — especially if you call it the right one — has little to do with the evidence itself. Emir rated it really liked it Sep 25, It really doesn’t explain much about primitivism at all.

The loss of a direct relationship to the world terminates a once universal human understanding of our oneness with the natural world. What is the difference between forced migrations and concentration camps other than the size of the body count? If pages Title Page. We can explore our origins with the nation-building intention of constructing a narrative of our great journey from and back to a homeland, we can use origins to tell ourselves a story about all of natural history beginning in a garden somewhere along the river Nile, or about great leaders, or struggles.

Zerzan appears to be calling for a different approach.

Review: Twilight of the Machines

This new book follows Running on Emptiness: Nor, does it seem, is there any possibility within his perspective for the existence of any worthwhile, freely-chosen, unalienated linguistic communication at all. Postmodernism in its attempt to smash all false binaries, smashes kf binaries of culture and nature, freedom and slavery, ignorance and knowledge. But It never brings forth primitivism as a viable or attractive solution to these problems.

This continues to be the hallmark of far too machhines anarchists. Sep 13, Brian Lucas rated it it was ok. Brandon rated it really liked it Feb 25, A Journal of Desire Armed during the s.

Twilight of the Machines – John Zerzan – Google Books

While not light reading by any means, the essays in Twilighht of the Machines are all fairly short the longest seems to be only 11 pages. Her word store rained down upon all creatures, shattering forever the whole that once was silence.


Gunnar rated it really liked it Aug 28, Really good critiques postmodernism. Want to Read saving…. Contents Patriarchy Civilization and the Origins of Gender. Patriarchy Civilization and the Origins of Gender.

Within radical circles alienation is a code word containing a lot of sub-text that can be missed on first introduction. Especially on this continent, every social body has a story of systematic violence, amnesia, and denial that has shaped them into a form that can be called civilized. In fact, macyines seem to have involved the progressive institutionalization of political, economic and social domination of anyone and everyone caught in their nets of control. Machknes to Zerzan, division of labor, from farming to computer programmers, leads to hierarchical forms of organization that alienate the individual from his or her environment and directly assault the natural world.

The collective solution to the crisis of civilization isn’t more efficient forms of technology, rather an unlearning of mediated thd through symbolic culture. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is becoming too obvious that what bars our way is our failure to put an end to the reigning institutions and illusions.

John Zerzan: anti-civilization theorist, writer and speaker

One comment anarchismanarchycivilizationmachinessymbolic thoughttechnologyzerzan. Most view it as a two steps forward one step backwards scenario. Robert Boody rated it liked it Nov 12, They are not themselves simply and reductively identical with ideology.

The ground that our memory is built upon is post-apocalyptic.

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Zerzan posits a sort of one step forward two steps backwards jkhn, but isn’t very persuasive as to why this model is more correct other than to mock the idea that “more modernity can solve the problems of modernity”.