Future Primitive Revisited

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-29
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"Zerzan's writing is sharp, uncompromising, and tenacious." Derrick Jensen "John Zerzan's importance does not only consist in his brilliant intelligence, his absolute clearness of analysis and his unequalled dialectical synthesis that clarifies even the most complicated questions, but also in the humanity that fills his thoughts of resistance. Future Primitive Revisitedis one more precious gift for us all."Enrico Manicardi, author of Liberi dalla Civilta( Free from Civilization) "Anyone who travels with his eyes open understands the sense of much of what you have written, and the longer I live the greater my contempt for the opportunists who run governments and dictate our lives with technology."Paul Theroux "Of course we should go primitive. This doesn't mean abandoning material needs, tools, or skills, but ending our obsession with such concerns. Declaring for community, our true origin: personal autonomy, trust, mutual support in pursuit of all the joys and troubles of life. Society was a trapmassive, demanding, impersonal and debilitating from day one. So hurry back to the community, friends, and welcome all the consequences of such an orientation. The reasons for fear and despair will only multiply if we remain in this brutal and dangerous state of civilization."Blok 45 publishing, Belgrade As our society is stricken with repeated technological disasters, and the apocalyptic problems that go with them, the "neo-primitivist" essays of John Zerzan seem more relevant than ever. "Future Primitive," the core innovative essay of Future Primitive Revisited, has been out of print for years. This new edition is updated with never-before-printed essays that speak to a youthful political movement and influential writers such as Derrick Jensen and Paul Theroux. An active participant in the contemporary anarchist resurgence, John Zerzanhas been an invited speaker at both radical and conventional events on several continents. His weekly Anarchy Radiobroadcast streams live on KWVA radio.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Future Primitive
Future Primitivep. 1
The Mass Psychology of Miseryp. 25
Tonality and the Totalityp. 45
The Catastrophe of Postmodernismp. 65
The Nihilist's Dictionaryp. 91
The Way We Used to Be
The Way We Used to Bep. 111
Origins and the Tricksterp. 127
Complexityp. 143
Revolt and Heresy in the Late Middle Agesp. 151
Denying the Unavoidablep. 159
The Way We Are Now
Memory lossp. 173
Silencep. 179
Lovep. 187
Happinessp. 193
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