[Marxism] The Price of "Progress" - CounterPunch.org
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In Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress, author Christopher Ryan
proposes the most controversial explanation offered today for what is
wrong with our world. The problem began with advent of agriculture which
gave rise to civilization: the movement of human activity from a life of
cooperative community foraging together to one of individual competition
for personal gain.
Ryan notes that scholars wonder why for thousands of years, when humans
lived in hunter-gatherer (forager) societies, “nothing was happening” to
signify progress. His explanation is that humans were essentially happy
and satisfied with their lives. Then they became civilized promoting the
concept of progress that has led humanity into misery.
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