Notes Toward a Radical Critique of Civilization's Foundations: Domination, Culture, Fear Economics, Technology.
Preface by John Zerzan
Prologue: What is Civilization?
Part 1: The Mentality of Domination (A critique of domination)
- Dominion over Being 1. Abomination of Domination 2. Alienation, Reification, Domestication 3. Order or Harmony: egocentric mentality or egocentric perspectives? 4. From Power Over the Earth to Power Over People: Agriculture 5. From Power Over the Land to Power Over People: the use and consumption of animals 6. From Power Over the Land to Power Over People: social stratification and the end of equality among humans 7. From Power Over the Land to Power Over People: male supremacy and patriarchal society 8. From Power Over the Land to Power Over People: human slavery and productive work 9. From Power Over the Land to Power Over People: socialization and robbed identities 10. A Free and Natural Life Without Power
- The Dominion of Knowledge
1. Conscious Domination, Unconscious Ideology: knowledge as power
2. The Rebellion Against the Rule of Science
3. Will Civilization Eventually Manage to Put the Stars in Line?
Part 2: The Primacy of Symbolic Culture (A critique of culture)
- Emancipation from Abstract Knowledge1. Culture as Programmatic Separation and Isolation2. Culture as Ideology of Civilization3. Life Without Culture?
- Symbolic Forms of Culture1. The Symbolic Foundations of Social Control: ritual, art, myth, religion2. Take up art and place the world apart: art as a substitute effect3. In the Shadow of Babel: the birth of language and its meaning4. Civilization as Graphocentric Society5. Mathematics is Not an Opinion: the concept of “numbers" and its absolutizing valence6. From Numerical Absolutism to the Absolutism of Reason: abstract analytical thought as a dogma7. Chronocracy: the tyranny of time in the civilized world
Part 3: The Doctrine of Fear (A critique of fear)
- Fear as Psychological Foundation of Civilization1. Fear as Fear, Fear as Terror2. The Security of Insecurity
- Civil Terror1. Politics of Terror, Politics as Terror2. Fear of Freedom3. Fear of Diversity
- Ethics of Fear, Ethics of Unhappiness1. Fear of Death, Fear of Life: unhappiness in civil society2. Fear, Aggression, Violence: birth of war, disavowal of war
Part 4: The Power of the Economy (A critique of economics)
- Economics and Utilitarian Logic1. What is Economics? Economics is Thievery!2. The Lie of Homo Economicus and the Give and Take Attitude
- From Gift Exchange to Economic Rule1. Genesis of the Economic Model: from giving freely to demanding reward2. The Doctrine of Exchange3. Money's Silent Conspiracy4. Poverty and Civilization: money as the architect of property5. Criminal Money6. Apologia of Emptiness7. Assault of Production, Resistance to Development
- Mercantilism: Dirty Business, Slavish System1. A Case against Economics
Part 5: The Technological Imperative (A critique of technology)
- Technological Expropriation1. Means and Ends2. Tools and Technology: the psychological approach to technology
- Technological Invasion1. Against so-called neutrality in technology2. Technicist Ethics, Technological Propaganda: technology as a tool of power3. Technology and Totalitarianism4. Cold Comfort: a critique of modern comforts5. Necrophilia and Technology: the dead world of civilization
Epilogue: De-Civilizing the World