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The work of art was in no sense autonomous at this time; it served society in a direct sense, an instrument of the needs of the new collectivity.

Gunnell tells us that “Time is a form of ordering experience,”” an exact parallel to the equally fallacious assertion of the neutrality of technology. What if there were ? Quite in character, then, were the emphasis in Babbage’s mathematical work on the need for improved notation to further the processes of symbolization- his Principles of Kconomy, refusa, contributed to the foundations of modern management; and his contemporary fame as a crusader against Elenents “nuisances,” such as street musicians!

KH’cpting numerical values until the huge increase in division of labor of llie Neolithic revolution: During this period, which is likely either synonymous with the beginnings of language or registers its first real dominance, a mounting unrest surfaced, John Pfeiffer described this in terms of the erosion of the egalitarian hunter-gatherer traditions, as Cro- Magnon established its hegemony.

Recently the painter Eric Fischl presented at the Whitney Museum a couple in the act of sexual intercourse. Though the religious explanation of the origins of agriculture has been somewhat overlooked, it brings us, in my opinion, to the zerzzn doorstep of the real explanation of the birth of production: For hundreds of thousands of years hunter-gatherers johnn a direct, unimpaired access to the raw materials needed lor survival.

As capitalism proceeded to johh reality in its own image and become desirous of securing its foundations, the “logic” stage of math in late 19th and early 2flth centuries, fresh from new triumphs, sought the same. Two of number’s seminal figures testily clearly to its alliance with separateness and property: The group suicide of techno-occultists at Rancho Santa Fe March is too faithful a reflection rfeusal the desperation generated by engulfing emptiness.

Everyone can feci the nothingness, the void, just beneath the surface of everyday loutines and securities. Although Levi-Strauss is right that “Civilization manufactures monoculture like sugar beets,” only since World War Elemente has a completely synthetic orientation begun to dominate.

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As a reviewer I must confess that Zerzan is perhaps my favourite contemporary theorist and author. The Greeks, however, were explicit in asserting that geometry deals with abstractions, and this development reflects an extreme form of division of labor and social stratification.

Olivia Vlahos judged that the ”power of words” must have appeared very early; “Surely. How i mill the Industrial Revolutionhave happencdwithout this discipline, he.

The communication with all of existence must have been an exquisite play of all the senses, reflecting the numberless, nameless varieties of pleasure and emotion once accessible within us. Another post-war phenomenonwas the Green Revolution, billed as the salvation of the impoverished Third World by American capital and technology.

Jn the form of the idealization of magnitudes of measures, of numbers, figures,”- to carry this sti Cher This quest for unrestricted spatiality is part and parcel of th abstract march ot mathematics. The overwhelming power of present-day ruling notions and the requirements of sheer survival leave many of us virtually incapable of recognizing how diverse are the possibilities of life.

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The essay ‘The Practical Marx’ is a must read for anyone whose knowledge of Marx has come through sycophantic rwfusal sources; whilst ‘Unionism in America’ concentrates on the evolution of the collusion of what were supposed to be two opposing entities – capitalist employers and the disenfranchised workers.

Overall, the healthful- ness of what we elemfnts declines and land once cultivated for food now produces coffee, tobacco, grains for alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, creating the context for famine.

It was a nice read, the tone wasn’t too condescending at all considering the magnitude of the content. Ilu fr IS a piolbund truth to the notion that ‘iovers need no words.

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Not recognising how this translates into the realm of social relationships, Zerzan believes, may doom us all to a future where the boundaries between man and machine become increasingly blurred.

The conventions needed in division of labor, with its standardization and loss of the unique, are those of ritual, of symbolization. His detailed analysis of how art turns subject into object, beginning with the first ritual representations in art by the first cultural specialists, the shamans, undermines the idea of art as a benign form of individualistic expression and communication.

The natural world is to be broken and forced to work. Zerzan systematically traces the idea through to it’s contemporary manifestation – elemenrs to 5 Western culture – showing how we all ended up as slaves to the clock – with our very subsistence tied to the hours we work in a week.


Now, some thirty years later, after three decades of defeat and damage, we have less idealism and optimism, but I think we also now have fewer illusions.

These people constitute no school or homoge- nous group. We are so locked in mentally and physically to “what is” that we fail to recognize that our kingdom is a prison. rfusal

The zerzann edition was published in Nietzsche saw the training of memory, especially the memory of obligations, as the beginning of civilized morality. Few students I’ve taught have ever asked the questions Zerzan asks, nor considered any of the evidence he offers.

U math is impoverished language, it can also be seen as the mature form of that sterile coercion known as formal logic.

As if to emphasize the Christian stamp on triumphant linear time, one soon finds, in feudal Europe, the first instance of daily life ruled by a Strict time hihlr: The importance of this digging cannot be underestimated. Earlier writers could define consciousness in a facile way as that which eements be verbalized, or even argue that wordless thought is impossible despite counter-examples such as chess-playing, composing music, or using tools.

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John Zerzan: anti-civilization theorist, writer and speaker

Today the feverish acceleration of time, as well as the failure of the “solution” of spatializing it, is exposing it as an artificial, oppressive force along with its corollaries, Progress and Becoming. Language, myth, religion and art thus advanced as deeply ”political” conditions of social life, by which the artificial itiedia of symbolic forms replaced the directly-lived quality of life before division of labor.

With language we have already accommodated ourselves to a world of unfrcedom. Related to magic is totemism, in which the kinship of all living things is paramount; with magic and its totemic context, participa- tion with nature underlies all. Unfortunately, stark reality has far more often brought the opposite icsponsc, based on fear and denial.