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A thought OF strength - In his penetrating research of the constitution of energy and the human situation, Jeff Vail unravels the functioning of our global and proposes a center idea of styles of power-relationships. This historic critique of hierarchy sweeps from anthropology and psychology to economics and politics, finally offering a version for a sustainable, human-compatible destiny. "A thought of Power" is the main cutting edge method of anarchist thought in a iteration, breaking unfastened from the chains of previous dogma and integrating the most up-tp-date wisdom of the functioning of our global.
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--John Zerzan, anarchist thinker, writer of "Elements of Refusal, destiny Primitive" and "Running on Emptiness"
--Noam Chomsky, writer of "Hegemony or Survival," defined via the "New York Times" as "arguably an important highbrow alive."
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E. Forward, to Rhizome 43 independent citizens across the countryside. The fabric of small landholders served as the backbone of the Republic; they understood that the glory of Rome represented their glory, the security of Rome represented their security, etc. Land ownership made them citizens, giving them the right to participate in democratic government. They did not see their civitus, or sense of civic duty and participation as a burden, but rather as a privilege. The optimates saw the great threat to their privilege posed by the retirement system.
No true separation between individual and environment remains. Our consciousness has developed as a tool used by other entities, but it has provided the ultimate tool for our use to which no other nexus has access: self-awareness. The understanding that self-awareness exists to serve the meme breaks that bond of servitude—it acts as the realization of enlightenment. Re-read the last sentence. The individual re-emerges as a discrete point of true awareness—not delusional ego-awareness, but awareness of our status as a nexus in the dance of power-relationships.
The need for rapidly advancing culture to remain compatible with a structure frozen in the time of hunter-gatherers will prove a defining theme when we consider our present situation in Chapter VIII. With the end of human evolution based on natural selection, evidence continues to surface that the development of humanity seems to follow ever closer to the path of selective breeding. In modern, industrial society, humans tend to choose partners of similar intellectual capability, providing a selection mechanism to ‘breed’ our species into ever more divergent groups.