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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

National Origins

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

Francis Fukuyama

2011

Link

2018-08-06

- Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (2011)

Natural Origins of Politlcal Order:
(based on primate research)

=== pre-language ===

- humans socially arranged in bands, social heirachies within bands, team violence in raiding other bands (eg. groups of males taking another band's females).

- social organization fueld by kin selection, and returning favor-for-favor, insult-for-insult based on memory of an individuals past behavior.

=== post-language ===

- abstract thinking allows religion as motivation for rule-following, allowing greater trust for people not known personally.

- reputations can be transmitted