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  •  this is not true (3+ / 0-)
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    and although this is a great diary, it reinforces this premise:

    It was the beginning of an inquiry into why it is that in every human population – every single one – the majority of that population’s wealth concentrates itself in the hands of a very few people.

    Just not factually true.  Western culture passes on history as if this were true, but is simply is not.

    For the vast majority of the time humans have lived inside culture on this planet, wealth has been quite equally distributed.

    Over the past 100,000 years, the vast majority human groups have been collectives with resources distributed quite well across the group.  

    Why does this meme persist?  Because capitalists have been writing the history for the past 500 years.  

    Archeology and anthropology is TEEMING with examples to the contrary.

    sigh. . . .

    "Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations" Dr Shoji Sawada

    by BlueDragon on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 07:59:21 AM PDT

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    •  While it may be true that (2+ / 0-)

      "For the vast majority of the time humans have lived inside culture on this planet, wealth has been quite equally distributed."--

      What the diarist said is true for societies in the last few hundred years, is it not?

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 09:10:44 AM PDT

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      •  absolutely!!! (0+ / 0-)

        but certainly not for all times and all places.

        not even the majority of human culture.

        Western knowledge discounts stuff it hasn't enfranchised, like virtually all the knowledge encoded in oral cultures of which quite a few still exist, like all the knowledge of roughly 3,000 years ago which is hard to put your hands on, but not impossible, like the testimony of those who lived and are living inside the cultures which go back that far.

        e.g. Hawaiian culture has a lot of lore which is increasingly being verified even in Western scientific terms

        "Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations" Dr Shoji Sawada

        by BlueDragon on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 03:55:01 PM PDT

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