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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

Were Neolithic farmers the first capitalists?

Archaeologists discovered Neolithic burial grounds in Germany and Austria that date back to the time when hunter gatherers transitioned into farmers. Skeletons discovered in one of the mass graves suggest one farming community massacred the other farmers in order to eliminate competition. It is believed this is one of the earliest incidences of capitalism. 

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Zardoz: Of the skeletons found, most of them showed signs of the remains being treated without care. Children had their shin bones shattered after death. The lack of care given to the remains suggests the deaths were the result of an attack. The only conceivable reason for such an attack was to wipe out competition. 

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  • 2 months ago

    For Capitalism, you have to have capital.  Was there evidence of money of any kind?  Was there evidence of private property other than the house and basic tools and clothes?  

    There are other forms of competition besides money.  And, though Capitalists do sometimes go to war, their main form of competition is the Market.  Barter is not effective in Capitalism, because you need an exchange medium that can be used for anything that somebody is willing to sell.  The community may have been "communal," sharing the crops, livestock, and the work. 

  • ?
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    It’s difficult to know the intentions of why some people killed off another group. Capitalism didn’t exist back then. They could have been killed off for any variety of reasons that don’t include economics. It’s wise to not take modern developments like capitalism and project them far into the past on people who likely didn’t have a concept of economy and profit. 

  • Zardoz
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    How did they surmise motive?

    Your imagination is lacking if you believe that's the only conceivable motive.

    Source(s): [n] = 10ⁿ
  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is good to have true devotion to St. Isidore the Farmer, who can help one with that particular profession.

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  • ALBERT
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    I do not know about being the first capitalist! Maybe the first bullies?

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    YES......you guys are wearing me out!

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