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"Despite our seeming adaptation to life in hierarchical societies,and despite the rather dismal record of human rights in many parts of the world, there are signs that humankind retains a deep-rooted egalitarianism, a deep-rooted commitment to the norm of reciprocity, a deep-rooted desire for ... the sense of community. All theories of justice revolve around these principles, and our sense of outrage at the violation of these norms indicates the depth of its gut-level appeal. That, in my view, is the secret of primitive communism."
Richard Lee, "Demystifying Primitive Communism"

Karl Marx's last writings were concerned with a study of precapitalist social formations, both primitive communist and class-based. The Ethnological Notebooks were written from 1880 to 1882 — that is, in the period just prior to Marx's death in 1883. Friedrich Engels used parts of the Ethnological Notebooks in drafting his 1884 Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State. Over the years other parts have been translated, but not until 1974 was the entire work transcribed by Lawrence Krader.1

"Despite our seeming adaptation to life in hierarchical societies,and despite the rather dismal record of human rights in many parts of the world, there are signs that humankind retains a deep-rooted egalitarianism, a deep-rooted commitment to the
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