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I'm not going to read Zerzan's book.

If that pull quote is correct Zerzan is implying that autistic people lack a capacity for empathy and that is very much not the case. Autistic people feel empathy we may just express it or communicate it differently. A good book on the basics is Steve Silberman's "Neurotribes"

It is also highly disputed that there is an increase in the number of people with autism. More likely, there is just more diagnosing. Basically, judging by the quote, JZ has no idea what autism actually is. And his apology on his show was not one.