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EdgyIndividualistBuffoon wrote

I think you can make a strong argument that the advent of agriculture led to slavery, but that doesn't mean we can turn the clock back.


bigOther wrote

Yes. The agricultural revolution allowed the production of surplus value. Once people could grow more than they could eat, they started fighting over who owned the surplus. IIRC Engels argues that this is also the origin of the patriarchy - before there was wealth to inherit, paternity was of little consequence.