The Origins of Class Society

Date: Sunday 31st October
Time: 13:15 - 15:00
Speaker: Laurie O'Connel

For thousands of years, we have been told that greed, inequality, and oppression are a part of human nature — things have always been this way. But in reality, for almost our whole existence as a species, we lived in communist bands of hunter-gatherers, without lords or masters of any kind.

This kind of misinformation is convenient for the ruling class. But if we are to take a genuinely scientific approach to the development of society, we must understand class society not as some kind of eternal system, but as a necessary stage in the continuous evolution of society, produced ultimately by perhaps the greatest revolution in humanity’s productive forces ever known -- the Neolithic Revolution.

This is by no means an academic question. By understanding the birth of class society, we can grasp the real nature of its institutions, and discover the means by which we can overthrow them.

 

Recommended reading: Origins of the Family - In Defence of Engels and Morgan

Recommended watching: Origins of the Family - In Defence of Engels