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Review: Twilight of the Machines

Similarly, social alienation does not arise in every instance of the division of labor — at least not in every instance as long as the freely-chosen coordination and division of convivial tasks also falls under this label. Buy “Future Primitive” or even this book and you’ll have all of Zerzan’s ideas in a nutshell. It makes legitimate points. If all perspectives are just another equally valid narratives decontextualized from any meta-narrative, then whats the poin Really good critiques postmodernism.

So it ends up being a mostly complaintative book which draws illogical conclusions from those complaints. He is a town crier informing us that danger is on the horizon. The mentor of the green anarchist and neo-primitive movements is back with his first book in six years, confronting civilization, mass society, and modernity and technoculture–both the history of its developing crisis and the possibilities for its human and humane solutions.

These complaints are machones that, mostly, ignore what Zerzan actually is interested in and transform the conversation that he is trying to have into one that is more salacious, simplistic, and barren. One comment Sid Clark says: No eBook available Amazon. 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.


Inevitably, the critique of symbolic culture in itself as the prime cause and motor of human alienation will continue to be viewed skeptically by most radicals, since the development of alienation is more tue described and explained as a larger social process in which particular aspects of symbolic culture are progressively reified, enlarged and turned against the individual and society, just as aspects of every other sphere of human life are progressively reified and turned against us.

Stephen Landis rated it it was amazing Oct 17, Read more at JohnZerzan. March 11, at 1: Are thhe intentionally calling for billions of deaths?

We are seeing more deeply, and the explorations must extend to include everyone. I enjoyed this book for its pre-apocalyptic attitude, critiques of postmodernism, and supremely unique perspective.

However, the primitivist thesis is left undeveloped, and many of the more radical zerzqn like the one of symbolic thought were highly uncompelling. One comment anarchismanarchycivilizationmachinessymbolic thoughttechnologyzerzan.

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Really good critiques postmodernism. Want to Read saving…. And although the book might seem a bit thin at pages, the short format, like that of his previous two collections, will most likely make it more approachable for a larger range of potential readers than a more intimidatingly long volume might.

What twiloght the difference between forced migrations and concentration camps other than the size of the body count? The mentor of the green anarchist and neo-primitive movements is back with his first book in six years, confronting civilization, mass society, and modernity and technoculture—both the history of its developing crisis and the possibilities for its human and humane solutions.

Rather than critically evaluate all of anthropology lf the use of anarchists, anarcho-primitivists have chosen a view of egalitarian gatherer-hunters that is defined by a school of anthropologists who are in honest contention with others about their perspective and the evaluation of the same evidence. 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 direct communication he advocates?


My library Help Advanced Book Search. Rather it is the forced division of labor that always involves human social alienation. A lot of the critique of modern technology rests on the idea purported by Freud in “Civilization and its Discontents” in which he claims that civilization requires the tje of natural instincts and desires.

As John Zerzan writes, “These dire times may yet reveal invigorating new vistas of thought and action. But there is no evidence that symbolic culture in itself is necessarily a form of human alienation. Namely, I’m thinking about Stirnerian or Neitzchean postmodernists who wallow in ambiguity, yet are also very individualistic and action oriented.

Twilight of the Machines

Radical writers and theorists who might distinguish the ideological debasement of language from more convivial and authentic linguistic communication are simply ignored.

The civilized task of genocide has not oof completed. Chris rated it really liked it Jul 16, Politics has become a four-letter word among many anarchists.

And we, urban, mwchines, educated people, are the danger. For Zerzan, it seems, everything about language and symbolization in general is bad news and not just unnecessary, but even at least metaphorically pathological.

The drawback is that: Theres also some stuff about how symbolic language is bad.