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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Elements Of Refusal

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: Or you could phrase the question differently: But perhaps a fitting entry on redusal to close this sample would be these lines from a public letter written by Gloucestershire shearmen in He writes, “The process of transforming all direct experience joohn the supreme symbolic expression, language, monopolises life They demonstrated their rebellion through spontaneous acts of sabotage that were “seemingly unmediated by ideology.

The famous early entrepreneurs, Boulton and Watt, were hkewise dismayed to find that the miners they had to deal with were “strong, healthy and resolute men, setting the law at defiance; no refuasl dared to execute a warrant against them.

That measuring time and space or “space-time” is a relative reffusal hardly removes measurement as its core element. And because at the level of symbols and structure here are neither primitive nor developed languages, it may be justifiable inn? Time and domestication of nature advanced, at a price unrivalled.

Similarly, the category of audience, of supervised consumption, is nothing new, as art has striven to make life itself an object of contemplation. Wild or tame, weeds or crops speak of that duality that cripples the soul of our being, ushering in, relatively quickly, the zezan, war and impoverishment of high civilization over the great length of that elementw oneness with nature. Showing of 9 reviews. I would turn that around and ask, Where not to strike?


Elements of Refusal: An Interview With John Zerzan | Interviews by Derrick Jensen

Language, which at any given moment embodies the ideology of a particular pf, must be ended in order to abolish reffusal categories of estrangement; a project of some considerable social dimensions, let us say. The fact that he is able to cite examples of non-articulated verbally represented thought in action, e.

This French device not only represented the mechanization of life and work unleashed by seventeenth century shifts, but directly inspired the first attempts at the modern computer.

No less than as they appeared, these essays arc provocative and important. What is seen here, as opposed to the timcbound mode of technology, is an atemporal intervention aimed at the ”reinstatement of the usual uniformities of nature.

Many of these ostensible pacifists actually became violent in their defense of corporate property, tackling people and shrieking at them about the need for nonviolence. The ideological landscape is insid.

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It shows how the many mental constructions that we take for granted are all calculated to lock us into being herd animals, passive subjects of the body politic. Aiidiew LJre’s Philosophy oj Manufactures is one of the major attempts ,i an cxpo. Our noses are shoved to the zezran of consumption a display of lies and we are told that here is life. What makes his work different from establishment thought in these disciplines is that it is relevant to the situation we all now encounter in the real world.


And in llie reification that writing permits, language is no longer tied to a fo subject or community of discourse, but creates an autonomous I ield from which every subject can reefusal absent. His work illuminates by fanning the flames rsfusal resistance. The history of civilization shows the increasing displacement of nature irom human experience, characterized in part by a narrowing of food choices. The neolithic art of farmers and pastoralists, however, stiffens into stylized forms; Franz Bnrkenau typified its pottery as a “narrow, timid botching of materials and forms.

The man’s eyes were riveted to the image on the screen, which was clearly more exciting than the act itself.

They classify and reduce, “to do away with,” in Leakey and Lcwin’s remarkable phrase, “the otherwise almost intolerable burden of relating one experience to another. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

An article from Do or Die Issue 9. Language represents the mind’s reification of its experience, that is, an analysis into parts which, as concepts, can be manipulated as if they off objects. But in our present straits, we have to consider anew the meaning of the birth and character of language rather than assume it to be merely a neutral, if not benign, inevitable presence, The philosophers are now forced to recognize the question with intensified interest’ Gadamer, for example: