On Domestication

4. The whip is the first law of domestication: the making into property of animals and men.
9. The beating of farm animals into submission: man's first practice of domestication—teaching him the usefulness of brutality—a domestication he would learn to perform upon himself and other men.
10. The hunter-gatherers banished a man from their lands, but the farmers (the early Statists) instead took custody of the man and through physical coercion attempted to change his behavior. For when all lands are owned—are the property of States and other men—there is nowhere to banish a man. Outlaws must be whipped in the public square, imprisoned (made the 'property of the State'), or put to death.
14. The hunter-gatherer had no use for the whip. He had neither animals nor men to swing it upon.
17. The first instruments of war were implements of farming, for the tilling of fields, repurposed to kill other men. The first weapons of war were made in the same blacksmith shops as scythes and ploughs.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10.10.13

    Skipping past events that occurred next, the challenge now is to try to find meaning amongst the rubble of domestication and this societal "evolution"; I now seek meaningful human-to-human interaction and I struggle mightily to find it. Thankfully I have friends in south America and elsewhere around the globe who I can speak with on the internet, otherwise, my life would be devoid of any meaning at all. The domestication has created a society where nothing matters and we are no longer alive.


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