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THE LEFT? NO THANKS! by John Zerzan


It isn’t that there’s no energy afoot in the world. On any given day on any continent, one can see anti-government riots; direct actions in support of animal liberation or to protect the earth; concerted efforts to resist the building of dams, superhighways, industrial installations; prison uprisings; spontaneous outbreaks of targeted vandalism by the fed-up and pissed-off; wildcat strikes; and the energy of countless infoshops, zines, primitive skills camps, schools, and gatherings; radical reading groups, Food Not Bombs, etc. The list of oppositional acts and alternative projects is very considerable.
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A Dialog on Primitivism

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A Dialog on Primitivism: Lawrence Jarach interviews John Zerzan

There are many prejudiced caricatures and objections concerning primitivism; for example that its proponents want to go “back to the Stone Age,” or that any move away from industrial capitalism would result in an immediate mass die-off of thousands — if not millions — of humans. These dismissals showcase a lack of seriousness on the part of anti-primitivists, and their refusal to engage in any kind of substantial dialog around the issues of the origins of capitalism and the various mechanisms of social control and domination. While understandable coming from non-anarchists (who are engaged in promoting one or another form of domination and exploitation), such a knee-jerk reaction from anarchists and antiauthoritarians is cause for concern. Can it really be the case that the issues of industrialization, urbanism, centralized technologies, and the furthering of hierarchical power relations that arise from these phenomena are off-limits to anarchist discourse?

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Nota de “El Tlatol”:Este texto fue enviado a nuestro mail, criticando los postulados de Zerzan en su entrevista con la revista “Vice”, y aunque compartimos y concordamos mucho del análisis, queremos declarar que:En el blog “El Tlatol”, nos consideramos afines a la tendencia de la crítica en movimiento contra el sistema tecnoindustrial, la civilización y el progreso.

Testi tratti dalla rivista americana Green Anarchy (PDF)


Green Anarchy (sottotitolo: Il giornale della teoria e dell’azione dell’Anticiviltà), fondato nell’estate del 2000 da alcuni degli ideatori della rivista britannica Green Anarchist, è un periodico pubblicato tre volte l’anno dal collettivo di Eugene (Oregon-USA-) che affronta tematiche quali l’anarchismo, l’ecologismo radicale, l’anarco-primitivismo, la resistenza indigena, la liberazione animale e della terra, l’anticapitalismo, il sostegno ai prigionieri politici ecc.

John Zerzan y la confusión primitiva


Por Alain C.


Ediciones ‘L’Insomniaque’ ha publicado recientemente dos compilaciones de los artículos de J. Zerzan: Futuro Primitivo, diciembre de 1998 (anteriormente publicado por Autonomomedia, Nueva York, 1994) y En los orígenes de la alienación, octubre de 1999 (Elements of refusal, Left Bnk Books, Seattle, 1998).
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Authority and Civilization


Within the greater anti-civilization milieu, two major factions have been vocally distinguishing their approaches from one another: the anarcho-primitivists and the Deep Green Resistance movement. Occasionally this effort towards differentiation has been based on honest disagreement about theory and practice. More commonly, it has been a tit-for-tat based mostly on personality conflict. During the brief period of its existence the Internet has often proved to be a safe haven for mean-spirited personal attacks. Insofar as concerns are raised about the actions of certain public persons in a critical spirit, they can contribute to a critical discourse. This is my intention, not to sling mud simply for cursory amusement.

Anarchists have voiced a number of legitimate criticisms of the Deep Green Resistance crowd. Among these are the cult of personality and careerist methods of Derrick Jensen and the anti-trans prejudice and cop-calling of Lierre Keith. Other potentially problematic aspects of Deep Green Resistance are not necessarily so obvious and are in need of careful critical inspection. For their part the DGR have called into question several aspects of anarchist thought and practice. But how salient are these criticisms? Are they based in honest disagreements on theoretical and tactical differences?
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