a people’s history of civilization

Feminist Primitivism

jzThe American anarchist, primitivist philosopher, and author John Zerzan critiques agriculture-based civilization as inherently oppressive and advocates drawing upon the life of hunter-gatherers as an inspiration for what free society should look like. Subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought, and the concept of time.

This book includes sixteen essays ranging from the beginning of civilization to today’s general crisis. Zerzan provides a critical perspective about civilization.

A People’s History of Civilization includes chapters about:
Patriarchy
The City and its Inmates
War Enters the Picture
The Bronze Age
The Axial Age
The Crisis of Late Antiquity
Revolt and Heresy
Modernity Takes Charge
Who Killed Ned Ludd
Cultural Luddism
Industrialism and Resistance
Decadence
WWI
Civilization’s Pathological Endgame

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3 thoughts on “a people’s history of civilization

  1. There is such a need for coming to the most sustainable way we can, as desirable as coming to be the most free society we can be is, if we all turn to having a hunter-gatherer structure, that will fail to be what is sustainable for us in this world. We must be using vegetation for our use, with the primitive level of simplicity that does not depend on environments that would be too much demand on them from all of us. This is about making the least demands, and we can find still more freedom in our relationships with each other.

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