As civilisation reaches endgame and begins to disintegrate, as the illusions of left and right coalesce into a single, spectacular omnimyth, as every rootless mind begins to directly experience the stupefying dystopias of Orwell, Huxley, Kafka and Dick, the time has come to understand the whole system, from root to fruit.

Drawing on the entire history of radical thought, while seeking to plumb their common depths, 33 Myths of the System, presents a synthesis of independent criticism, a straightforward exposure of the justifications of the world-system, along with a new way to perceive and understand the unhappy supermind that directs, penetrates and even lives our lives.

33 Myths of the System confronts the fabrications of both capitalism and socialism, both left and right, both theism and atheism. As such it may be, for some, a challenging read. But if you are willing to face not just the world out there, but the anxieties and desires in here which sustain it, 33 Myths of the System — together with its companion Self & Unself — will be a liberating read.


Here are a few chapters from the book; The Myth of Culture, The Myth of Truth, The Myth of Meaning, The Myth of Education and an introduction to Anarchism at the end of the World; but these are really for disseminating through the world brain. You might as well read…


I am hosting the digital version of 33 Myths of the System on Dropbox. You can download epub, azw3, mobi and PDF files here. If you prefer not to use Dropbox, the book is also available for free download from the Internet Archive 1

There is, at least as yet, no physical version2 because I wanted to give it away. Anarchist literature is always — and rightly — shared across the internet anyway, but in any case this isn’t the kind of thing to digitally sell or fuss around with copyright. I offered it to a few publishers. Some didn’t like the idea of giving it away, some thought it was junk and some others said it was too ‘extreme’ for them. I’ll let you you make your own mind up.

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You might find, reading this book, that you have serious doubts, particularly about the sections on professionalism, gender, science and reform. I’ve tried to respond to most objections within the text itself, but if you have any questions or objections that the book doesn’t address, send me an email and I’ll do my best to deal with them. Before you write though, please ask yourself if you’ve got a vested interest in the matter you are defending; I do get a lot of emails saying ‘I love your book, but I hate what you say about x’ — where x = my job, my livelihood, my personal problem, my favourite ideology, etc, etc.


There are several references in the book to a ‘sister volume.’ As I wrote ‘system’ I planned, outlined and wrote snippets to a book which originally was going to be called 33 Myths of the Ego, but which has become a bit more ambitious and is now called Self & Unself. This will appear around the end of this year. If you want to hear about it when it appears, please sign up to my mailing list (on the drop-down widget at the top of the screen). I send emails out rarely.


If you like ‘system’ you will almost certainly enjoy this.


  1. The Internet Archive file system rather clutters up the options for downloading: you want the epub (for ibooks, Nook, etc), the azw or mobi (for Kindle) or the PDF for other screens, print-outs, etc. — all the other options are junk.
  2. I did consider self-publishing through a print-on-demand service but none of them make really beautiful books, and so I couldn’t bring myself to do it. To publish a high-quality book costs a lot; one day I’ll do it though, or perhaps find a publisher.