Human beings have free will, but our actions are constrained by material and practical realities.
Understanding how material and practical conditions influence human behaviour makes the difference between success and catastrophic failure when it comes to the whole spectrum of political action, from private sector negotiation, to crafting legislation and making revolution.
In this episode we look at:
The relationship between economic activity and the high status of women in traditional Haudenosaunee society
How the World War I helped women win the right to vote in Europe and North America
How World War II catalyzed the Black civil rights movement in the United States.
The success and failure of the English Peasant’s Revolt of 1381
The implications of the Anarchist Revolution in Spain in 1936-1939