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The Non-Violence Myth of Pre-State Societies
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:27:51 AM »
Many Rousseauistic thinkers, such as the ones that signed the Seville Statement on Violence, which we covered in the opening post of the series regarding violence, base their arguments that humans are naturally nonviolent, on the hunter-gatherers’ allegedly nonviolent life style.
One of them is the eminent anthropologist Ashley Montagu, which we discussed his influential book called The Nature of Human Aggression in the former post.
Montagu argues that humans are not naturally violent but are peaceful cooperative beings in a violent world dominated by an aggressive culture, and he focuses on pre-state societies (mainly hunter-gatherers) to prove that.
Since similar arguments can be heard from time to time by many environmentalists, and more importantly by many animal rights activists, we find it crucial to address this issue specifically and expansively in a post called The Non-Violence Myth of Pre-State Societies

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