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The state is neither an inevitable, nor natural, phenomenon, but the creation of despots. Its history is a history of power, wealth and tyranny. The immortality of the state is the greatest myth of our society. Anthropologist Harold Barclay explains how a powerful elite has hijacked control of society. Through control of agriculture, warfare, trade, labor and other resour ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Freedom Press (CA)
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Apr 20, 2010 Rocio rated it it was amazing
This was a really wonderful concise introduction to what the state is, how it evolved, and what its essential function is.

(The argument that I read in here was later confirmed in of all things a comparative government class where we learned that unlike Western political theory teaches us (from Locke and on) in reality the state did not evolve from a common compact but from war and the threat of war.)
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Harold Barclay is a professor in anthropology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. His research has focussed on rural society in modern Egypt and the northern Arab Sudan as well as political anthropology and anthropology of religion. He is also commonly acknowledged as a notable writer in anarchist theory.
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