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Category: Religion

  • Finding the Sociobasis

    Finding the Sociobasis

    At the end of Book 16 of the Analects of Confucius, a passage describes how a lord’s wife refers to herself, how she is to be referred to by her subjects, and by subjects abroad.[1] Due to its direct and ritual-focussed nature, apparently many commentators have taken this section as a later addition, taken from…

  • State Functions and Taxation

    State Functions and Taxation

    The difference between a mafia state and a constructive state is what they do with taxes, whether collected in cash, kind, or labour. A mafia state uses their force to coerce the taxed populace into labour which enriches them further, with three main aims: The production of luxury goods The reproduction of elite sources of…