Primitive communism, barbarism and the origins of class society

Socialist Workers Party member Lionel Sims identifies both errors and the profound truths discovered by Engels in his 'Origins'

In 1884 Engels made a remarkable claim in Origins of the family, private property and the state. We are a revolutionary species, he says. We were born in complete equality and fraternity. Women were respected, women were leaders. There were no social classes, there was no state, there was no filth, there was no war. Those were our origins, but this was all lost with the neolithic revolution. Nevertheless, when we make the next revolution for communism, we will be returning on another level to a place we have already been. Therefore our knowledge of our origins is part of our weaponry, our ammunition, to wage our struggle for a better future.

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Greek razor edge

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Forgotten heroism

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Netanyahu's war wish

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Realistic propaganda and cynical agitation

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