steiner care to oppression law
franz steiner on transition from care to oppression
pre-servile institutions.. a study of what happens in diff cultural/historical situations to people who become unmoored.. runaways/refugees.. first welcomed.. treated as sacred beings.. then become degraded.. so collapse of first basic freedom
from doe – david w astra:
a: there’s a way in which the private/public sphere.. a lot of tricky things happen.. the slippage
d: this is really crucial.. once you’ve done away w the big myths.. of what caused ineq (not farming, not big cities).. left with the most insidious form of soci ineq take root on small scale.. family, gender, generations.. and when those become entrenched and scaled up.. ie: modeled on patriarchal households.. question becomes.. how/when did this happen.. even posing question if there are alts gets you in hot water rather quickly.. t
d: so think about patriarchy where you are trapped and movement isn’t an option.. i’ll read from book that touches on this
d: (reading): one of david’s fav bits.. from conclusion: ‘if particular story we should be telling/asking.. how did we find ourselves stuck in just one form of social reality.. and how did relations based on violence become normalized in it.. closest to it.. steiner.. polymath.. et al.. legend has it he completed 800 pgs on slavery only to have briefcase w notes stolen on train.. very unlucky man.. shorter version of his work.. pre-servile institutions.. a study of what happens in diff cultural/historical situations to people who become unmoored.. runaways/refugees.. first welcomed.. treated as sacred beings.. then become degraded.. so collapse of first basic freedom.. and how this paved way for loss of 2nd .. freedom to disobey.. what happened steiner asked .. when expectations that make freedom possible.. where ie: shelter et al.. erode.. (skipping to end).. others made points.. slave/women as servile.. to now et al..
In his doctoral work on Servile Institutions, he analysed the concept of slavery in similar terms,
to nika dubrovsky‘s tweet thread a few days ago:
One of the characters of Dawn of everything. David admired him and how accurately he described the transition from care to oppression.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/nikadubrovsky/status/1457135990787686405
Beginning with, powers welcomed widows and orphans, refugees and the homeless, housed them, usually in the temple or the royal palace and nourished them. But when times of hardship came, such as war, they were put to work. 2/
This is how workhouses came into being. And if slaves were suddenly captured during the war, they were also sent to workhouses. Refugees and the weak in general are usually loved and protected at first, but then the power dynamics change everything. 3/
As we all know: war and violence are never good solutions.
thru out.. but frank is mentioned first p 519
does this newly establishes nexus between external violence and internal care.. between the most impersonal and the most intimate of human relations.. mark the point where everything begins to get confused?.. how we got stuck?.. now did relationships based on violence and domination come to be normalized?
frank steiner.. shorter version of his doctoral work.. focuses on what he calls ‘pre servile institutions’.. it (his own life story) can be read as a history of how refugees such as himself were first welcomed, treated as almost sacred beings, then gradually degraded and exploited, again much like the some working in the temple factories
steiner presented an alt route.. perhaps he suggested.. it all goes back to charity.. ie: orphans, widows.. relevant to origins of patriarchy.. .. connection between external (largely male) violence and the transformation of women’s status in the home..
gare enslavement law.. et al