"I can think of two interesting points to raise here
1) the relation of tactics and democracy.
Often when discussing revolutionary tactics, violence or non-violence, but particularly the form and degree of militancy, people focus…"
"Why has Google Books got so rotten? When I was researching Debt, they'd give you 90% of the book. Now you're lucky if you get one chapter. Fuckers. It makes it so much harder to do research. I'll have to track down the actual essay…"
"Sounds like you have your work cut out for you! Like what you have so far. I agree these terms are in unresolvable dialectical tension. My only hesitation would at giving too much agency to "the Shilluk" as a whole, rather than various…"
"I do, but I'm defining "the people" in a rather circular fashion as that notion of commonality created by such sovereign power. Hence, the Nuer or Dinka, for example, saw themselves as a group, but not as "the people" in…"
"It took all sorts of forms! I mean, maybe we should be asking ourselves why we find it so hard to imagine any social system that isn't based on a centralised monopoly of violence. It's a little like the notion of "gift economy,"…"
"Two brief responses
* about Norway - well, I've talked to Swedish anarchists, and the line they take to me is that almost none of the institutions we think of as typical of the welfare state were actually created by the state, but…"
"Actually this is not what I argue at all. The Shilluk are a Nilotic people closely related to the Nuer and Dinka. In the standard shorthand understanding that emerged from Evans-Pritchard's time, the Dinka were the generic Nilotics, the Nuer…"
" It had not occurred to me anyone would take this as implying inaction. Actually I consider it not an investigation into the nature of the state at all, but as I say, of sovereignty. The power held by emperors and kings, which is one…"
"Hi all, since I've been encouraged to add correctives, let me start out with one minor one:
1. Data collection: As explicitly stated, hardly any actual anthropological fieldwork was ever conducted among the Shilluk. The presented data,…"
" Sorry to come to this conversation late, but I have been rather overwhelmed with my (ultimately quixotic) efforts to try to juggle being an activist (at least a little), professional author, and full-time academic all at the same time.…"
"Thanks, Adam, and I appreciate your reflections on time and agree it's critical. I would add that there is a difference between treating someone a certain way because you actually will have ongoing relations, and treating them "as if"…"