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A new hardcover edition of Zerzan’s first collection of essays, exploring alienation and the (John Zerzan, Author) Goodreads reviews for Elements Of Refusal. John Zerzan: Just today I was talking with a guy from the New York Times, and though I don’t know exactly what his focus is, he’s much more. Elements of Refusal. Review. Elements of Refusal by John Zerzan Second Edition, by CAL Press/Paleo Editions, POB , Columbia, MO , USA.

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Writing, on this its first appearance in our midst, had aHied ilsc’lf with falsehood. An article from Do or Die Issue 9. In numerous traditions of paradise, for example, animals can talk and humans can understand them. Gwyn Williams Artisans and Sans-Culottes found it hard to find a single year free from popular uprisings; “England was preeminently the country of the eighteenth- century mob,” he wrote.

The work of art was in no sense autonomous at this time; it served society in a direct sense, an instrument of the needs of the new collectivity. And the second is ezrzan he comes to this from a very non-political, non-theoretical perspective. Jon Zerzan, the past’s role in the present is one of delegitimising domination and engendering resistance. As a result, his radical rhetoric and real commitment to turning theory into practice stands out. It isn’t a rooting about for Utopia or silly sociological role-models.

The sterile grids of Mondrian and the repeated all-black squares of Reinhardt echo this acquiescence no less than hideous 20th century architecture in general Modernist self-liquidation was parodied by Rauschenberg’s 3 Erased Dmmng, exhibited after his month-long erasure of a de Kooning drawing 7 he very concept of art, Duchamp’s showing of a urinal in a exhibition notwithstanding, became an open question in the ‘5 s and has grown steadily more undefinable since. The aims of the mathematical Babbage and the inventor-industrialist J.


Sows nurse their piglets separated by metal grates, mother and offspring barred from natural contact. But in our present straits, we have to consider anew the meaning of the birth and character of language rather than assume it to be merely a neutral, if not benign, inevitable presence, The philosophers are now forced to recognize the question with intensified interest’ Gadamer, for example: And Jewitt’s The Wedgwoods, exposing the social intent of industrial technology, tells us “It was machinery jwhich] ultimately forced the worker to accept the discipline of the factory,” Considering the depth of workers’ antipathy to the new regimen, it comes as no surprise that Pollard should speak of “the large evidence which all points to the fact that continuous employment was precisely one of the most hated aspects of factory work.

In a much earlier time, we arc reminded, the direct and concrete held sway; Ihcre existed a “plethora of terms for the touched and seen. We are so locked in mentally and physically to “what is” that we fail to recognize that our kingdom is a prison.

I am writing obviously enclosed in language, aware that language reifies the resistance to reification. In Critias, Plato described Attica as “a skeleton wasted by disease,” referring to the deforestation of Greece and contrasting it lo its earlier richness. Cultural memory meant that one person’s action could be compared with that of another, including portrayed ancestors, and future behavior anticipated and controlled.

Godel’s devastating mathematical proof of this not only shows the limits of a. Retusal importance of this digging cannot be underestimated. So you are warned.

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It seems certain that Paleolithic’ humanity had a virtually inexhaustible knowledge of flora and fauna for many tens of thousands of years before the cultivation of plants began which renders this theory especially weak.

LacTocatS a decisive shift toward standardization of tools ‘”‘ T! What, exactly, is happening? A video camera recorded their actions and projected them on a TV monitor before the two.


It is the fundamental language of technology and the spirit of domination. Sure, now he’s an annoying Anarcho-primitivist but man, this book is something else.

Our noses are shoved to the window of consumption a display of lies and we are told that here is life. It’s basically a history book written by a drunk homeless guy who had no agenda besides killing his boredom. A few big multinationals such as Unilever, the world’s biggest food production company, preside over a highly integrated service system in which the object is not to nourish or even to feed, but to force an ever-increasing consumption of fabricat- 84 A.

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Levy-Bruhl provides an introduction: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Everything about art has become problematic: Mathematics has been one of the primary forces driving a now out-of-control technological society to the brink of social and ecological catastrophe; without it, chemistry and biotechnology wouldn’t exist, nor would engineering or the nuclear industry.

Here enters Euclid, whose geometry reflects the needs of the early agricultural systems and which established science on the wrong track by taking space as the primary concept. The process is at base identical, based on equivalence.

Watch hhr literate adults read the title cards before viewing the paintings to be K- that they know what to see. In Volume I of Capital, Marx described the inevitable and necessary “movement of the proletariat”: I bought this book for class but then my professor told me that this book is free and the author wanted for readers to be able to access this text tefusal having to pay for it.