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  •  I left the last chapter (6+ / 0-)

    intentionally open-ended rather than mapping out any particular prescriptions. I wanted to arm people with material they could use to do that themselves. What do you mean by "wish for a better species to study?"

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      Josiah Bartlett

      self-aggrandizer captured the surplus and through feasting created indebtedness and instituted a form of social inequality the process has remained pretty much the same.  With anthropologists the tendency is to do the research and present what people actually do, as you did in Debt, but then propose something different. A jubalee is not forth coming thus the most likely future is one of declining marginal returns to the complexity that financial people have created and a collapse.  I also think that the narcissistic hyper-individualism of Americans will prevent them from real action to reduce the current social inequality by directly addressing it, some simply have way too much, have captured way too much of the surplus and must be brought down.  Retirement Heist by Schulz is a good example.  Really did love your book, trying to find a way to use it in classes.  Miss you on anthro-l.

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