By Jeff Vail

ISBN-10: 0595330304

ISBN-13: 9780595330300

A idea OF energy - 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 notion of styles of power-relationships. This historic critique of hierarchy sweeps from anthropology and psychology to economics and politics, finally proposing a version for a sustainable, human-compatible destiny. "A concept of Power" is the main cutting edge method of anarchist thought in a iteration, breaking unfastened from the chains of earlier dogma and integrating the most up-tp-date wisdom of the functioning of our global.

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"Very wealthy, stimulating and ambitious... I salute your vital work!"
--John Zerzan, anarchist thinker, writer of "Elements of Refusal, destiny Primitive" and "Running on Emptiness"

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--Noam Chomsky, writer of "Hegemony or Survival," defined by way of the "New York Times" as "arguably crucial highbrow alive."

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The process of evolution within a system dominated by competing hierarchies demands that one set of goals consume all others: continuous growth, expansion, and increased domination. Any corporation or nation that pursues a more human-oriented goal will soon find itself squeezed out of existence for not following the simple rules of natural selection. We can only maintain such continuous growth through the perpetual increase in demand for products and the increased efficiency of supplying those products.

See “Beyond Civilization” by Daniel Quinn. 8 million to 11,000 years ago. It comprised the critical stage in the genetic development of humanity culminating in Homo Sapiens Sapiens, our current form. 22 A Theory of Power gests that culturally applied influence in the selection of mates may force humanity to diverge into multiple species, providing economic stratification of the workforce. Like the Eloi and Morlocks of H. G. Wells’ “Time Machine”, or the division of bees in a hive, one human species could specialize as the droning laborers and another as the organizer, innovator and leader.

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.

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