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by What is Politics?
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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...
Topics: political anthropology, materialism, idealism, anarchism, 1381
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Why are political hierarchy and male dominance so prevalent in human societies?  David Graeber thinks it's because people were doing bong rips and experimenting with different social possibilities and then got stuck this way.  Jordan Peterson thinks it's human/lobster nature.  Fortunately for humanity, both of them are wrong. PLEASE SHARE THIS SERIES! Audio Podcast   click the link on your device to open the audio podcast in your mobile app, or else search for “worbs” on your podcast...
Topics: political anthropology, hunter-gatherers, egalitarianism, socialism, anarchism, hierarchy,...
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by WorldWideScrotes
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Interview with Arnold Schroeder of Fight Like an Animal , a wonderful and endessly fascinating show that looks through 20 years of experience of hardcore climate activism, at why left political movements are so weak and ineffective and how to change that, and which covers everything from history, to political psychology, to anthropology, psychiatry, animal behaviour, religious cults, and much more.   PLEASE SHARE THIS SERIES! Audio Podcast   click the link on your device to open the audio...
Topics: activism, politics, socialism, anarchism, environment, law, fight like an animal
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by worldwidescrotes
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This episode is an exercise for everyone who keeps writing to me to insist that one or the other wrong definitions of Left and Right is actually correct.   We look at who was on the left and on the right in three different time periods: 1.       - The early French revolution in 1789, which is what the whole Left Right analogy is based on. 2.       - The 3 rd republic in France 1870-1940 where seating in the National Assembly was arranged on a Left-Right spectrum, analogous to the...
Topics: politics, history, left, right, left-right political spectrum, french revolution, socialism,...
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A critical reading of "The Wisdom of Kandiaronk, The Indigenous Critique, the Myth of Progress and the Birth of the Left" from David Graeber & David Wengrow's upcoming book The Dawn of Everything. In this chapter Graeber & Wengrow argue that: The European Enlightenment was heavily influenced by Native American critiques of European culture. That European intellectuals reacted against this by developing the theory of "stages of human progress" from egalitarian...
Topics: Anthropology, David Graeber, David Wengrow, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hierarchy, Equality, Occupy Wall...
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In this episode we read and critique the conclusion of Chapter 2 of Dawn of Everything , “Wicked Liberty: The Indigenous Critique and the Myth of the Noble Savage”, (previously released in French in 2019 as La Sagesse de Kandiaronk.) Given that the conclusion of the chapter is a tirade against the concept of “equality” we first examine what the word equality means in a political context, and what the term “egalitarian society” implies, followed by an examination of the history of...
Topics: david graeber, david wengrow, the dawn of everything, anthropology, politics, hunter-gatherers,...