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Future Primitive: And Other Essays

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  276 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This neo-Luddite sequel to Elements of Refusal includes Future Primitive, The Mass Psychology of Misery, Tonality and the Totality, The Catastrophe of Postmodernism, excerpts from The Nihilists Dictionary, and other essays, columns, and reviews. From the editor of Against Civilization and the confidant of alleged Unabomber Ted Kazcynski.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Autonomedia
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Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: anth-sosh
Zerzan has got good ideas, but not a very captivating manner of presenting them. Most of the stuff he says here was said more elegantly or with better supporting data by Derrick Jensen, Pierre Clastres, Marshal Sahlins, and even guys like Edward Abbey and Aldo Leopold.

Either way, we are treated to the now-predictable argument that progress and civilization are corrupting our human spirit (actually, a short essay on "Technology" at the end of the book is one of the highlights as he briefly discus
vi macdonald
The fact this isn't satire.
The fact this isn't a joke.
The fact people actually think this is a good idea.
The fact it's essentially a philosophical rendering of The Paleo Diet (written several decades early).
The fact this is partially based on the philosophical ideals of the fucking Unabomber.
The fact the people who like this book don't see the term "luddite" as an insult.

Fuck I feel bad for how much I laughed at this.
An-Prims, y'all are on some weird shit.
Can Küçükyılmaz
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Öncelikle belirtmem gerekir ki, çeviri çok güzel. Bu konuda Cemal Atila'yı tebrik etmek gerekir. Zerzan teorisini tamamen insanın doğadan kopuşuyla, bu nedenle de yabancılaşmasıyla açıklıyor. Zerzan'a göre; hayvanların evcilleştiğini söylerken, hiç insanın evcilleşmesinden bahsetmiyoruz, oysa bizler de evcilleşmiş mahluklarız.

Zerzan insanlığın felaketinin tarım devrimiyle başladığını belirtiyor. Avcı-toplayıcı toplumlarda mutluluk, bolluk, şiddetsizlik vs. gibi şuan özlemini çektiğimiz her şeyi
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I warm to Zerzan as a reader: he really hammers away at his texts and you can compile quite a reading list just by skimming one of the articles in this collection. I wonder if he ever reads anything light and entertaining...
Ryan Mishap
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: anarchy, philosophy
Well worth your time, though you will not like most of it, will you?
Kathleen O'Neal
The ideas which John Zerzan explores in this series of essays are interesting and with a little work they could even be compelling. However, without applying analytic rigor to these ideas and making a coherent case for them to the reader, Zerzan appears to be preaching to the choir instead of making the case for the values and sense of the world he appears to take as self-evident. A disappointing missed opportunity.
Gökçen Okdere
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
hayata hiç bu açıdan bakmamıştım. yeni bir yol açmayı sağlayacak bir kitap.
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(lido em Chengdu, China)
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Same as the other reviews ... hit or miss on the essays. Some good ideas, and the update is timely, but nothing really new.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anarcho-primitivist insanity.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I guess I don't find this guy as radical or extreme as others have. He has some good points which he has researched and supports adequately; everything else is a matter of perspective...
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
i still make jokes about this book four years after having read it so it can't be too bad
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as captivating as Running on Emptiness, but Zerzan still presents quite a bit of food for thought here.
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American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author.

His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of hunter gatherers as an inspiration for what a free society should look like.

Some subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought (such as mathematics and art) and the concept of time.
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