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It is becoming too obvious that what bars our way is our failure to put an end to the reigning institutions and illusions. Crucial to his critique of modernity is machijes disharmony, alienation, and psychological problems which result from it. There is also the environmental devastation, the dissolution of “Dunbar number” type tribal units, the arms race between medical technology and the diseases produced by the rest of technology, gender inequality, aggression against animals, and a bunch of other crap.

The civilized task of genocide has not been completed. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. To the extent that he is not a humanist, or breaks with some tenets of humanism, he is interested in taking a central anthropological question in a more philosophical direction.

Dec 27, Ed rated it liked it. In any case, it is abundantly clear that jkhn divisions of labor, technological systems and their mass consumer cultures macines long passed the point of no return for potential desirability or sustainability in any humanly free and consenting ways. In addition, it can evoke a world of danger, of general strikes and insurrections; but, in most forms, it ends up looking like marches, protests, and hope blocs.

Selected pages Title Page. All creatures–man, woman, beast, insect, bird, and fish–lived happily together with this silence until one day man and woman lay down together and between them created the first word. Jun 22, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: This ethos has come to define what thinking is, and the sensual part of experience has to [sic] greatly given way to symbolic experience; that is, direct experience is being reduced toward zero point Where face to face interaction breeds authenticity, closeness, and socialness, electronic and urban life produces inauthenticity, alienation, anti-socialness.


Emir rated it really liked it Sep 25, If all perspectives are just another equally valid narratives decontextualized from any meta-narrative, then whats the poin Really good critiques postmodernism. It seems that his interest in mahcines, at least in Twilight of the Machinescontinues to be two-fold. The systems of symbolization and highly complex forms taken by communication using these systems will certainly always be fraught with opportunities for the creation of ideological justifications and apologies for alienating human activities twilgiht relationships.

Our loneliness, our need for pharmaceuticals, our obsession with technological toys And if Zerzan can make worthwhile use of language for liberatory purposes is there any zrzan why anyone else should not do the same, while leaving behind the self-contradictory, ideological weight of a dogmatic denunciation of all symbolic culture?

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It has also become the code word of activists to justify their self-sacrifice in the non-profit-industrial complex or at sub-retail booksellers.

These complaints are distractions that, mostly, ignore what Zerzan actually is interested in and transform the conversation that he is trying to have into one that is more salacious, simplistic, and barren.

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Zerzan is best known as one of the major proponents of anarcho-primitivism and green anarchy, along with Fredy Perlman and others. Zerzan disagrees with the conception of the state of nature as being a “nasty” or “brutish” environment. The book argues that postmodernism while associated with the modern left, should really be more strongly associated with capitalism.

We are the problem and, at best, it is only our self-aware effort to pull back from the abyss that will save, if not this civilization then, humanity from utter annihilation. At one point he argues that: PoMo makes us complacent, or unwilling to be activists or to imagine a better future. Inevitably, the critique of symbolic culture in itself as the prime cause and machine of human alienation will continue to be viewed skeptically by most radicals, since the development of alienation is more plausibly described and explained as a larger social process in which particular aspects of symbolic culture are progressively reified, enlarged and turned against the individual and society, just as aspects of every other sphere of human life are progressively twiligjt and turned against us.


Gunnar rated it really liked it Aug 28, Return to Book Page. To find our way home we are going to have to follow a different path than that of institutions and illusions.

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Trivia About Twilight of the M Twilight of the Machines. Instead of following the Marxist line of eternal fascination with alienation as simply synonymous with economic relationships, he looks to other human endeavors, in particular to pre-industrial, pre-capitalist world-building that seems to have led to the current economic alienation.

Read more at JohnZerzan. This is especially true if one group has been short-changed, while the other group represents socio-economic privilege, expectation of knowledge and hospitalityand is not resolute in their own motivations. The mzchines of anthropology for anarchists looking for a practice or a theory is marginal at best. The spectacular genocides of the twentieth century have put a bad taste into the mouths of people politicians who otherwise totally agree with the strategies employed but who, politely, believe that they should be practiced over generations and with many of the trappings of consent.

Obliquely he reacts most strongly to the extreme stylization and rapaciousness of techno-industrial culture, and has clearly been influenced by the machinse direct action milieu that has been active around his home in the Pacific Northwest over the past 20 years.

To ask other readers questions about Joohn of the Machinesplease sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 13, Brian Lucas rated it it was ok. Similar to Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols, a criticism of contemporary German culture, Twilight of the Machines is Zerzan’s concise introduction to the crisis of modern civilization.