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Event Archive - Primitivism or Urbanism: Possibilities for a Sustainable Future: John Zerzan, Matt Hern

Sat. February 5th 2011 Camas Book and Infoshop (All Ages)
6pm - 9pm doors at 6pm
By Donation
A live discussion with John Zerzan & Matt Hern

With BP oil spills, mass bird die offs, 90 % of the worlds old growth forests cut down, and 7 times as much plastic in the ocean as phytoplankton, 'sustainability' is the buzz word of this generation and people are looking everywhere for what the future may hold.

What does sustainable mean? and what is required for a sustainable society?
John Zerzan and Matt Hern will discuss their views on what the future may look like and what possibilities there is for building a better world.
2 views that are often considered at odds with in one another, even though they hold the same goals, the only goal that matters, a livable planet. 2 well known theorists whom have both contributed extensively to their fields of work. Now they come together, and we invite you to take part in this monumental synergy, in hopes that by working together and thinking together we can find some common ground and challenge each other so that together we can all move forwards.

This is a fundraiser event for Camas Books. Camas is an anti-colonial volunteer run book store and community space in Victoria BC on the Unceeded territories of the Lekwungen nation.
This event is put on by the Victoria Anarchist reading Circle


John Zerzan (born 1943) is an highly controversial American anarchist primitivist philosopher and author. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of prehistoric humans as an inspiration for what a free society should look like. Some of his criticism has extended as far as challenging domestication, language, symbolic thought (such as mathematics and art) and the concept of time.

Zeran was also the editor of th popular underground magazine Green Anarchy.
His five major books are Elements of Refusal (1988), Future Primitive and Other Essays (1994), Running on Emptiness (2002), Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections (2005) and Twilight of the Machines (2008). A collection of his most fundamental texts on the roots of civilization, "Origins" (2010), is currently being published by Black and Green Press and FC Press.


Matt Hern (1968) is an activist, organizer, writer and academic who lives and works in East Vancouver with his partner and daughters.
He directs the Purple Thistle Centre and founded Car Free Vancouver Day. His writing has been published on all six continents,
translated into many languages and he continues to lecture widely. He holds a PhD in Urban Studies and teaches at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Hern has written three books: Field Day: Getting Society Out of School (New Star, 2003), Watch Yourself: Why Safer Isn’t Always Better (New Star, 2007), and Common Ground in a Liquid City: Essays in Defense of an Urban Future (AK Press, 2009). He has also edited two other books: Deschooling Our Lives (New Star, 1996) and Everywhere All the Time (AK Press, 2008). His newest book, Common Ground in a Liquid City, explores a radical participatory urbanism in the context of his home city.

He writes for a wide variety of journals and magazines and is frequently interviewed in major media. Hern lectures worldwide speaking about deschooling, alternative education, sustainable urbanism, safety/security/risk and participatory democracy


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