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…


The old 2018 version of 33 Myths of the System is free as a PDF on Dropbox. here. If you prefer not to use Dropbox, the older version is also available for free download from the Internet Archive

In April I will be releasing an updated second edition as a physical book and epub / mobi. (Lightly updated — a few paragraphs, footnotes and pages added here and there; in order to reflect the changes that have happened in the world over the past three years, and also to make the book ‘fit’ with Self and Unself and The Apocalypedia.) Sign up to my mailing list to hear of this.

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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 much more ambitious and is now called Self and Unself. This will appear in April. Again, if you want to hear about it when it appears, please sign up to my mailing list. I send emails out rarely.


If you like ‘system’ you will probably enjoy this.