All previous civilizations have failed, and now there's just one global civilization, which is starkly, grandly failing. To deny or avoid this fact is to remain in the sphere of the superficial, the irrelevant. The physical environment is reaching the catastrophe stage as the seas warm, rise, acidify, and fill with plastics. Icebergs ahead and floating past beachgoers idly watching the planet die.
So much is failing, so much is interrelated in the technosphere of ever-greater dependence and estrangement. Social existence, now strangely isolated, is beset by mass shootings, rising suicide rates, slipping longevity, loneliness, anxiety, and the maddening stream of lies and concocted politics.
Zerzan trains his passionate focus on several fields of discourse: anthropology, history, philosophy, technology, psychology, and the spiritual. Points of light that become a kaleidoscope refracting new insights and contributing an overall picture of late civilization.
0: Introduction by James V. Morgan
1a News from Prehistory
1b When We Were Human
1c Human Nature
1e Gone to Croatan
2c Modernity Takes Over
2d Twilight of the Evening Lands: The Case of Oswald Spengler
2e: Decadence and the Machine
2f Concluding Anti-History Postscript
2g Done In From Within
2i Actual Nihilism: The SF Bay Area in the '70s
2j Racism and the Symbolic
3b Not So Close Encounters
3c Abandon the Death Ship
3d Health as Civilization Begins to Crumble
4a The Puzzle of Symbolic Thought
4b Art and Meaning
4e Meaning in the Age of Nihilism
4f The Case Against Philosophy
4h O Lost...?
4i Value and Its Enemies