By John Zerzan
From Hesiod on via to the "primitivists" of this present day, when it comes to Rousseau, William Morris, and Fourier, between others51 decisions in all. Here's a reader that throws mild at the internal good judgment of civilization and its devouring direction. In those instances of desolation for person, society, and biosphere alike, the sort of assortment (including commentaries via Zerzan) is urgently wanted. Why does each tradition have its eager for a misplaced Golden Age? How have historical past and growth introduced us such giant separation and vacancy, this sort of experience of no destiny? Is it civilization itself that has introduced us the following? Schiller, Paul Shepard, Kirkpatrick Sale, Fourier, Perlman, Sahlins, Bahro, Zerzan, the Unabomber, and so forth. etc.visionaries and theorists exposing the principles of today's drawback.
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It is not only an abstract Mother Earth who is the victim of this psychic deformity, but all wild things. Characteristically, farmers and townsmen do not study and speculate on wild animals or “think” them in their poetic mystery and complex behaviors. With civilization, typically fewer than twenty kinds of plants and animals in one village were tended, herded, sheltered, planted, cultivated, fertilized, harvested, cured, stored, and distributed. Sacrifice and other ceremonial activity were restricted accordingly.
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