Humans lived as anarchist-communist hunter-gatherers for 100,000 years. But how did this 'primitive' communism work?
It would be absurd to try to return to the social relations of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. But these social relations lasted for 100,000 years in the most successful anarchist-communism experiment in history. So there must be something to learn from hunter-gatherers.
The pygmies of Central Africa traditionally live in ways that come closest to the ways prehistoric hunter-gathers may have lived. This article is one of the most recent studies of the way African pygmies make anarchist-communism work by maintaining egalitarian social relations.
This highly original book presents a new theory of the origins of human culture. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biology and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behaviour and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual and political revolution initiated by women.