Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections

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“Read it and you will never think of civilization in the same way again.”—Kirkpatrick Sale

This anthology about "the pathology of civilization" offers insight into how progress and technology have led to emptiness and alienation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780922915989
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: Enlarged Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,034,603
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Preface 4
Sect. I Outside civilization 8
The golden feast 11
The noble savage : a study in romantic naturalism 15
Discourse on the origins of inequality 19
"Excursions" 25
Against his-story, against Leviathan! 27
Primitive man and his food 31
"The original affluent society" 35
"Birds combat civilization" 39
"Wildflowers : a bouquet of theses" 41
Minima moralia : reflections from damaged life 44
Our kind 46
Spokane museum 49
Sect. II The coming of civilization 50
The earth as modified by human action 53
Beyond geography : the Western spirit against the wilderness 58
The invasion within : the contest of cultures in colonial North America 65
Elements of refusal 68
Nature and madness 74
Health and the rise of civilization 81
The search for society 90
My name is Chellis and I'm in recovery from Western civilization 91
Society against the state 95
The land of the naked people 97
Reading and writing 99
Sect. III The nature of civilization 102
On the aesthetic education of man 105
Theory of four movements and general destinies 107
Civilization and its discontents 108
"Civilization and the primitive" 110
Eclipse of reason 112
Dawn and decline 115
"Was civilization a mistake?" 116
Here : a small history of a mining town in the American Southwest : Warren/Bisbee Az 124
Toward a history of needs 129
Modernity and the Holocaust 131
"Civilization is like a jetliner" 136
"Industrial society and its future" 139
The old way and civilization 141
Women/wilderness 147
Sect. IV The pathology of civilization 150
Conventional lies, or our civilization 153
The final empire : the collapse of civilization and the seed of the future 155
The collapse of complex societies 162
Where the wasteland ends : politics and transcendence in postindustrial society 167
The parable of the tribes : the problem of power in social evolution 172
Critique of cynical reason 176
The seeds of time 179
"The medium is the medium" 182
"How nice to be civilized!" 184
"Civilization in bulk" 187
Memories and visions of paradise 196
"They're always telling me I'm too angry" 198
Man and technics : a contribution to a philosophy of life 204
In search of noble ancestors 206
Sect. V The resistance to civilization 212
Avoiding social and ecological disaster : the politics of world transformation 215
Future primitive 220
News from nowhere 222
"Feral revolution" 227
"Don't eat your revolution! : make it!" 231
"The machine in our heads" 232
"Revolt of the bats" 243
Rebels against the future : lessons from the Luddites 247
"Actions speak louder than words" 252
"We have to dismantle all this" 256
Talking to the owls and butterflies 258
Anarcho-futurist manifesto 263
Woman and nature : the roaring inside her 265
"Why civilization?" 266
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