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In this episode we cover the rest of chapter 3 of David Graeber and David Wengrow’s book The Dawn of Everything, and we investigate the authors’ claims that: The seasonal social structures of the traditional Nambikwara, Lakota and Kwakiutl were the result of conscious choice, grand theatre, play and expedience. That rich ice age burials were examples of ritually celebrated “freaks”rather than examples of hierarchy - but that they were also somehow examples of hierarchy at the same time...
Topics: anthropology, david graeber, nuer, lakota, inuit, kwakiutl, kwakwak'wakw
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In this episode we cover chapter 3 of David Graeber and David Wengrow’s book The Dawn of Everything, and we investigate the authors’ claims that human inequality has no origins based on archeology from upper paleolithic europe. In doing so we also look at the difference between dominance hierarchy and democratic hierarchy, and what the necessary criteria are in order to establish a a dominance hierarchy. We also discover that Graeber & Wengrow actually have no arguments for why human...
Topics: dominance hierarchy, palaeolithic, paleolithic, hunter-gatherers, egalitarian origins, david...
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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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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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What would happen if you could end sexism overnight by giving everyone a magic pink pill?   A thought experiment about political strategy, with a real "pink pill" example from post-revolutionary rural China.  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 app.  Full transcripts available on the episode pages.  What Is Politics Video Channel   (video version of...
Topics: politics, gender, feminism, anthropology, china, sexism, patriarchy, class reductionism, race...
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In this episode we cover chapter 1 of The Dawn of Everything, which is entitled Farewell to Humanity’s Childhood; or Why This isn’t a Book About the Origins of Inequality. In doing so, we look at: How the book’s underlying thesis: that human social structure is ultimately a matter of choice and experimentation, is fundamentally incoherent, and how this idea sets us up for future dramatic political failures, similar to those of Occupy Wall Street or the Great Peasant’s Revolt of 1381....
Topics: David Graeber, David Wengrow, anthropology, occupy wall street, 1381, anarchsim, socialism,...
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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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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,...
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Everywhere we look, past and present we see hierarchical societies where some people have more wealth, more power, and more rights than others.   Was this always the case?   Is hierarchy in our nature?   Are egalitarian societies possible for human beings?   If so, under what conditions?     And is freedom compatible with equality? Suggested readings: Hierarchy in the Forest, by Christopher Boehm, 1999 The Dobe Ju/’Hoansi, by Richard Lee 1984/2012 Eating Christmas in the Kalahari , by...
Topics: anthropology, politics, political anthropology, hunter-gatherers, equality, hierarchy, human...