PRISON WRITINGS IV
CIVILIZATION (MANIFESTO FOR A DEMOCRATIC CIVILIZATION, VOLUME 1)
The Age of Masked Gods and Disguised Kings
Abdullah Ocalan, translated by Havin Guneser
with a preface by David Graeber
A criticism that limits itself to capitalism is too superficial, Öcalan argues, and turns his eyes to the underlying structures of civilization. Rethinking the methods of understanding culture, politics, and society, he provides the tools for what he calls a sociology of freedom. This is the first book in a new five-volume work calledManifesto for a Democratic Civilization, published by New Compass Press and International Initiative Edition. These reflections represent the essence of his ideas on society, knowledge, and power.
From the foreword: "Considering the circumstances under which the book was written, I’d say the achievement here is quite impressive. Abdullah Öcalan seems to have done a better job writing with the extremely limited resources allowed him by his jailers than authors like Francis Fukuyama or Jared Diamond did with access to the world’s finest research libraries."