John Zerzan: A People's History of Civilization
Friday August 3rd we will host a talk by John Zerzan. He will discuss his new books 'A People's History of Civilization' and 'Time & Time Again.'
In 'A People's History of Civilization, John Zerzan critiques agriculture-based civilization as inherently oppressive and advocates drawing upon the life of hunter-gatherers as an inspiration for what free society should look like. Subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought, and the concept of time.
Zerzan had this to say about his book 'Time & Time Again':
I think that it is with time–that is, our consciousness of this so-elusive object–that we first enter into a symbolic field or dimension. Our lives thus begin an estrangement that grows and grows. Time and alienation are two words that are the measure of each other. Time becomes a thing, standing pitilessly over us.
Taken together maybe these pieces are strands toward solving the puzzle of time. In my view the topic is best understood historically (and pre-historically) so as to ground and be able to chart its course.
Once we lived without time. Now it’s all too real. But it was never a natural or inevitable development. A harbinger of symbolic culture...and look what that’s brought us.
John Zerzan is an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. Zerzan is the editor Black and Green Review,(http://www.