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  •  Fair enough. (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't really believe that any specific form of societal organization is inevitable.  However, I do believe that some of them have very likely outcomes, and some of them have outcomes that are not only inevitable but irreparable -- by which I mean that they cannot be fixed without completely changing the larger form of societal organization.

    In a hierarchical society, some people will be better off than others; that's inevitable to the point of being inherent.  But it is not inevitable that those who are less well off should live in grinding poverty while those who are better off have more wealth than they ever intend to use, and I am pretty sure that is an outcome that can be changed without overturning the entire system.

    (This is not to say that overturning the entire system is not to be thought of; only that I don't think it's necessary in order to fix this.)

    •  I read a very good book about Crazy Horse, (0+ / 0-)

      and his beliefs and values, which were common among native americans before being corrupted by the white sociaty.  He was a very good hunter as a young man, and when he hunted he provided not only for his family, but for other families that didn't have good hunters.  He was made a "Shirt wearer" by the elders in his tribe because of these attributes of caring for those less fortunate.  Unfortunately later he lost that honor, because of a woman he had wanted to marry, but had been married off to another man. He saw her later and she ran off with him.  The husband shot Crazy Horse in the face, he almost died from it, and the wife went back to her husband.  The tribe frowned on what he did, taking the man's wife, and took away the shirt.  After that he obeyed the rules of the tribe and eventually married.  The real story of this man is really amazing, told from the native prespective. He was an honorable man who valued all members of the tribe and only gave up to save his people from starving.  His behavior and beliefs were very common in most other tribes.  You look after those who can't look after themselves.  

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