Future Primitive Revisited

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"Zerzan's writing is sharp, uncompromising, and tenacious." — Derrick Jensen

"John Zerzan's importance does not only consist in his brilliant intelligence, his absolute clearness of analysis and his unequalled dialectical synthesis that clarifies even the most complicated questions, but also in the humanity that fills his thoughts of resistance. Future Primitive Revisited is one more precious gift for us all."—Enrico Manicardi, author of Liberi dalla Civiltá (Free from Civilization)

"Anyone who travels with his ...

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Overview

"Zerzan's writing is sharp, uncompromising, and tenacious." — Derrick Jensen

"John Zerzan's importance does not only consist in his brilliant intelligence, his absolute clearness of analysis and his unequalled dialectical synthesis that clarifies even the most complicated questions, but also in the humanity that fills his thoughts of resistance. Future Primitive Revisited is one more precious gift for us all."—Enrico Manicardi, author of Liberi dalla Civiltá (Free from Civilization)

"Anyone who travels with his eyes open understands the sense of much of what you have written, and the longer I live the greater my contempt for the opportunists who run governments and dictate our lives with technology."—Paul Theroux

"Of course we should go primitive. This doesn't mean abandoning material needs, tools, or skills, but ending our obsession with such concerns. Declaring for community, our true origin: personal autonomy, trust, mutual support in pursuit of all the joys and troubles of life. Society was a trap—massive, demanding, impersonal and debilitating from day one. So hurry back to the community, friends, and welcome all the consequences of such an orientation. The reasons for fear and despair will only multiply if we remain in this brutal and dangerous state of civilization."—Blok 45 publishing, Belgrade

As our society is stricken with repeated technological disasters, and the apocalyptic problems that go with them, the "neo-primitivist" essays of John Zerzan seem more relevant than ever.

"Future Primitive," the core innovative essay of Future Primitive Revisited, has been out of print for years. This new edition is updated with never-before-printed essays that speak to a youthful political movement and influential writers such as Derrick Jensen and Paul Theroux.

An active participant in the contemporary anarchist resurgence, John Zerzan has been an invited speaker at both radical and conventional events on several continents. His weekly Anarchy Radio broadcast streams live on KWVA radio.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936239290
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Edition description: Enlarged
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Educated at Stanford, San Francisco State and USC, John Zerzan was active in the movement of the ‘60s in San Francisco and Berkeley.

In recent years he has been published in the theory journal TELOS, the Detroit publication Fifth Estate, Eugene’s Green Anarchy, and Species Traitor (anarcho-primitivist). His books include Elements of Refusal (1988, 1998), Future Primitive (1994), Against Civilization (1999), Running on Emptiness (2002), Twilight of the Machines (2008), and Origins: A John Zerzan Reader (2010).

An active participant in the contemporary anarchist resurgence, Zerzan has been an invited speaker at both radical and conventional events on several continents. His weekly Anarchy Radio broadcast streams live on KWVA radio, Eugene; past shows are available at www.johnzerzan.net.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Becker ix

Part 1 Future Primitive

1 Future Primitive 1

2 The Mass Psychology of Misery 25

3 Tonality and the Totality 45

4 The Catastrophe of Postmodernism 65

5 The Nihilist's Dictionary 91

Part 2 The Way We Used to Be

6 The Way We Used to Be 111

7 Origins and the Trickster 127

8 Complexity 143

9 Revolt and Heresy in the Late Middle Ages 151

10 Denying the Unavoidable 159

Part 3 The Way We Are Now

11 Memory loss 173

12 Silence 179

13 Love 187

14 Happiness 193

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