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A Society Absent from Itself
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But just as it has failed to be a peasant state, the Benbellist state has not yet become a bourgeois state. The events of autumn show this. When the time for plowing had arrived, and the winter approached, the question of farms, work, and hunger was asked before the government had taken any collective action on the subject. In the Constantinois and certain regions of the Oranie, big farms were occupied, and management committees were elected in the villages. The work and its product were divided among the unemployed fellahs. On the plateau of the Sétifois, it even reached the point of requisitioning, in the presence of the property owner, farms considered by the peasants to be insufficiently cultivated.