- small brain: The rise of agriculture started us down the evil path of domination and hierarchy.
- medium brain: lol primitivism is dumb.
- bigger brain: Primitivism as an ideology is built on an enlightenment edifice, and buys into both a Rousseauian notion of the "childhood of man" and a debased, vulgar Marxist view of staged historical development, it does not represent a new epistemic break. And its base presumption is not something that is borne out in historical or anthropological evidence. One might look to the Inuit, and how in the seasons during which they lived as small groups of hunter gatherers used a system of social relations that was highly hierarchical, but came together in larger groupings that lived in a more horizontally organized manner. Additionally bronze age archaeological sites in Asia Minor indicate sedentary, agricultural populations living under remarkably egalitarian conditions, as reflected in the exacting equality of house size and the presence of communal areas, wells, and enclosures. Or one might look to the phenomenon of nomadic pastoral steppe empires which ruled over numerous sedentary societies on their periphery and held to a strict hierarchy during most times but reverted to a rather egalitarian system when selecting a new leader. The presence of a city, or a sedentary settlement does not, prima facie, indicate a hierarchical way of enacting social relations. Human societies have a remarkable tendency to explore and play with their systems of political and societal organization. It could be argued that a part of the left's role in our critique should be to regain that sense of play and willingness to explore, modify, and transform our organizational structures.
- biggest brain: lol primitivism is dumb.
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