Clastres: Really Quite Thrilling

Pierre Clastres (Society Against the State, p. 198) summing up the lessons learned from his study of native peoples in South America:

The political relation of power [pouvoir] precedes and founds the economic relation of exploitation. Alienation is political before it is economic; power precedes labor; the economic derives from the political; the emergence of the State determines the advent of classes.

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