By John Zerzan
“Read it and you'll by no means think about civilization within the comparable approach again.”—Kirkpatrick Sale
This anthology approximately "the pathology of civilization" deals perception into how growth and know-how have resulted in vacancy and alienation.
"A provocative anthologypresenting the likes of Freud, Friedrich Schiller, William Morris, and the Unabomber, besides vibrant modern thinkersthat increases the query of no matter if our elaborately dependent, technology-driven society creates extra difficulties than it alleviates." -- Jay Walljasper; Utne Reader, March/April 1999
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Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections by John Zerzan