A new hardcover edition of Zerzan’s first collection of essays, exploring alienation and the (John Zerzan, Author) Goodreads reviews for Elements Of Refusal. John Zerzan: Just today I was talking with a guy from the New York Times, and though I don’t know exactly what his focus is, he’s much more. Elements of Refusal. Review. Elements of Refusal by John Zerzan Second Edition, by CAL Press/Paleo Editions, POB , Columbia, MO , USA.

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But the domestic market was at least as important, stemming from the “predisposing condition” that specialization and discipline of labor makes for further “progress,” as Max Weber observed.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. So what I’ve decided is that this is really reffusal books compiled into one with three chapters.

The evocative cave pictures, volatile in rrfusal dramatic, lamp-lit depths, began the transfer exemplified in Fischl’s tableau, epements which even the most primal eleemnts can become secondary to their representation. Historical time, like agriculture, is not inherent in social reality but an imposition on it. Unfortunately, stark reality has far more often brought the opposite icsponsc, based on fear and denial. Zerzan concludes the work by offering his observations on contemporary culture.

Each year, a total area equivalent to more than two Belgiums is being converted to desert worldwide. The animal machine — breakable in the best case, subject to a thousand sources of suffering — is chained fast od the iron machine, which knows no suffering and no weariness. As William lames put it, “the intellectual life of man consists almost wholly in his Mihstitution of a conceptual order for the perceptual order in which his i-xficriencc originally comes. Write a customer review.

The primary function of art is to objectily feeling, by which one’s own motivations and jhon are transformed into elementx and metaphor. Press, Includes bibliographical references and index. Richard Arkwright agreed completelywith those who saw the need for consciously spurring consumption, “as to the necessity of arousing and satisfying new wants,” in his phrase. In the Wbcourse on Method Descartes declared that the aim of refsual is “to make us masters and possessors of nature.

Writing, on this its first appearance in our midst, had aHied ilsc’lf with falsehood. Though Bergson tried to approach the goal of thought without symbols, such a breakthrough seems impossible outside our active undoing of all the layers of alienation. Max Weber spoke of the “immensely stubborn resistance” to the new work discipline, and a later social scientist, Reinhard Bendix, saw also that the drive to establish the management of labor on “an impersonal, systematic basis” was opposed “at every refusl.


The great trade routes, expressing the triumph of division of labor, diffused the new, sophisticated techniques of counting, measurement and calculation. A few big multinationals such as Unilever, the world’s biggest food production company, preside over a refisal integrated service system in which the object is not to nourish or even to feed, but to force an ever-increasing consumption of fabricat- 84 A. They were about everything. Horkheimcr refksal out that ideology consists more in what people are like — their mentalconstrictedness, their complete dependence on associations provided for them — than in what they believe.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The meta-presence of time is by this time felt as a heavily oppressive force, standing over its subjects quite autonomously. Thompson quotes a witness before a Parliamentary investigative committee, that “all persons working on the power-loom are working there by force because they cannot exist any other way. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? As the root ol” a certain kind of logic or method, mathematics is not merely a tool but a goal of scientific knowledge: Time, after all, was invented by capitalists as an instrument of socal control.

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The very widespread anti-machinery risings of saw the destruction of hundreds of weaving and spinning devices which were too large for domestic use. The nineteenth-century linguist Miiller described mythology as a “disease of language” in just this sense; language deforms thought by its inability to describe things directly.

During the industrial age only fairly recently did life span lengthen for the species, and it is now widely recognized that in Paleolithic times humans were long-lived animals, once certain risks were passed. Tolstoy’s statement that “art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feeling,” elucidates art’s contribution to social cohesion at the dawn of culture.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. By displacing autonomous images with verbal symbols, life Ls reduced and brought under strict control; zerzab direct, unmediated experience elemenst subsumed by that supreme mode of symbolic expression, language. It is a weird and peculiar world where the growing destruction of the earth is touted as “progress,” an advance for humanity. Every art form, according to T. I am learning to live in history.

Both painter and poet have always wanted to reach the silence behind and within art and language, leaving the question of whether the individual, in adopting these modes of expression, didn’t settle for far too little.


In the steadily more sophisticated measurementof time, as in the intensely geometric Gothic style of architecture, could be seen the growing importance of quantification.

More concretely, technology and work are being revealed by the palpable thrall of time.

To realize that representation begins with language, actualized in the creation ot a reproducible formal structure, is already to apprehend the fundamental tic between language and number. The fourth essay looks at art as ” Sure, now he’s an annoying Anarcho-primitivist but man, this book is something else. These false’commandment furned humanity away from nature and account for history as a ‘s e”d ly lengthening chronicle of mass neurosis.

Remember what the Situationists once said, “Beneath the paving stones, the beach”.

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As a reviewer I must confess that Zerzan is perhaps my favourite contemporary theorist and author. Memories became externalized, akin to property but not even the property of the subject.

Today’s perfect spatial symbol of the latter is the Pac-Man video game figure, which literally eats up space to kill time. In the recesses of the caves, earliest indoctrination proceeded via the paintings and other symbols, intended to inscribe rules in depersonalized, collective memory.

The dominant agricultural mode has it that soil needs massive infusions of chemicals, supervised by technicians whose overriding goal is to maximize production.

The Benedictines, who ruled 40, monasteries at their luij’Jit, helped crucially to yoke human endeavor to the regular, collective hrai and rhythm of the machine, reminding us that the clock is not nuTcly a means of keeping track of the hours, but of synchronizing In I man action.

In passing, Bishop Berkeley’s query of”whether the creation of wants be not the likeliest way to produce industry in a people? Christianson found the anti-progress attitude later yet: Even at the present day, when the system is perfectly organized, and its labour lightened to the utmost, it is found nearly impossible to convert persons past the age of puberty, whether drawn from rural or from handicraft occupations, into useful factory hands.