Monday, November 22, 2021

The Partnership-Dominator Fall

Tank Magazine
published a ~6400-word essay by me on human history. It's titled "Partnership Before Sexism and War.

Referencing Riane Eisler, Marija Gimbutas, James Mellaart, and others, the essay covers the past million years, with a focus on 12,000 to 6,000 years ago. I argue that mainstream human culture across Eurasia lived in peaceful, class-and-gender egalitarian partnership societies, worshipping nature as a female deity, until around 6,500 years ago, when dominator culture began to gain control through armed invasions, leading to what we have today. 

Near the "worst" end of the spectrum of possibilities for "what we have today": multiple, secret, once-governmental-but-now-only-partly-or-non-governmental, ever-shifting, mob-like groups violently maintaining a monopoly on antigravity, free energy, psychotronics, and other advanced technologies, while, among other illegal activities, using the stock market as a near-unlimited source of money by manipulating it through Earthquakes and other market-affecting disasters—a method described in Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations by Joseph P. Farrell.

The topic of my essay—the partnership-dominator fall—was also in my books Trip and Leave Society. But I only included some of my research in those books, since they were also about other things. The first draft of Trip had a ~8,000-word chapter titled "The Goddess" that was deleted and then absorbed in ~2000-word form into the final draft of the chapter "Why Are Psychedelics Illegal?"

References for my essay:

Amaro, Ana Maria. “The Cult of Fertility in the Neolithic Period in China.” Review of Culture. 1997.
Anderson, David C. Hongshan Jade Treasures. 2012.
Bayliss, Alex, et al. "A Bayesian Approach to Dating the Start of Çatalhöyük. Journal of World Prehistory. 2015.
Bertell, Rosalie. Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War. 2000.
Bo, Wang. “Lao Zi and the Xia Culture.” Chinese Studies in Philosophy. 1990. 
Carey, Donna. “The Myth of Nu Gua Chinese Snake Goddess.” Oriental Medical Journal. 2013.
Chen, Ellen Marie. “Tao as the Great Mother and the Influence of Motherly Love in the Shaping of Chinese Philosophy.” History of Religions. 1974.
——. Tao Te Ching: A New Translation with Commentary. 1998.
——. In Praise of Nothing: An Exploration of Daoist Fundamental Ontology. 2011.
Cheng, Christina Miu Bing. “Matriarchy at the Edge.” Triennial Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association. 2004.
Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future. 1987.
——. The Real Wealth of Natures: Creating a Caring Economy. 2007.
——. “Veteran Feminists of America.” 2011.
——. “Breaking out of the Dominator Trance.” 2018.
—— and Douglas P. Fry. Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future. 2019.
Evans, Arthur. Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture. 1978.
Hodder, Ian. The Leopard’s Tale: Revealing the Mysteries of Çatalhoyük. 2006.
hooks, bell. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism. 1981.
Gimbutas, Marija. The Language of the Goddess. 1989.
——. “The World of the Goddess.” 1990.
——. “Voice of the Goddess: Marija Gimbutas.” 1991.
——. The Civilization of the Goddess. 1991.
——. The Living Goddesses. 1999.
Jiayin, Min. The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese Culture. 1995.
Marler, Joan. From the Realm of the Ancestors: An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. 1997.
——. “The Life and Work of Marija Gimbutas.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 1996.
Mellaart, James. The Archaeology of Ancient Turkey. 1978.
——. Çatal Huyük: A Neolithic Town In Anatolia. 1967.
Nelson, Sarah Milledge. The Archaeology of Northeast China. 1995.
Roberts, N, et al. “Chronology and stratigraphy of Late Quaternary sediments in the Konya Basin.” Quaternary Science Reviews. 1999.
Watson, Burton. The Complete Works of Zhuangzi. 2013.

Update: I discussed this essay on a podcast and read it in a video.