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What is the State, what's its Relationship to Civilization?
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First you have capital. The primitive form of capital is the dam. The priest then makes it a god dam by blessing it and the fruit it produces. The priest demands payment for blessing the god dam and this creates money. By the power of his sorcery the priest creates disunity amongst the producers of wealth. This disunity allows the priest to buy off one section of the producers as an armed force to defend the wealth he has expropriated. Devotion to the priest and the means to enforce that devotion constitutes the primitive state. The armed nature of the state eventually subsumes all previous human society into civilisation — society stratified into classes of exploiter and exploited.
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