How Despots Arose With Agriculture (Op-Ed)

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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:56 am

For hundreds of thousands of years humans lived in hunter-gatherer societies, eating wild plants and animals. Inequality in these groups is thought to have been very low, with evidence suggesting food and other resources were shared equally between all individuals. In fact, in the hunter-gatherer societies that still exist today we see that all individuals have a say in group decision making. Although some individuals may act as leaders in the sense of guiding discussions, they cannot force others to follow them.

But it seems that with the beginning of agriculture around 10,000 years ago, this changed. An elite class began to monopolise resources and were able to command the labour of others to do things, such as build monuments in their honour. So how was it that egalitarian societies, where all men were equal, transitioned into hierarchical societies where despots reigned?

http://www.livescience.com/47283-how-despots-arose-with-agriculture.html



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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:43 pm

Lone Wolf wrote:Cool 

SINCE human beings have only been on this planet for around 150 - 200,000 years,  the first sentence in that O/P quote tells me that it's author is a non-scientist with no actual 'real world' insight into the subject he's writing about !

PERSONALLY, I believe that "despots", tyrants, dicktaters, bullies, dickheads, and nagging wives have been around for nearly as long as the human race itself..   ::sexbnan:


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