The Story of Civilization


The story of civilization is simple – the greedy got out of control

Discussion: That is all that has been going on, these last ten thousand years or so. Only in face-to-face small-scale egalitarian societies was it possible to hold the avarice of individuals in check. That all changed with the invention of agriculture. Those individuals who could obtain a larger share of agricultural products – the first “property” or “wealth” – used that advantage to seize power and became a ruling class. How? Simply by hiring thugs to enforce their will. And, since ruling classes never relinquish power voluntarily, we understand that there is only one way of winning one’s freedom.

Now we find ourselves in the clutches of world capitalism. Now, it is not so much oppressive regimes that we must work to overthrow, but collections of ultra-wealthy individuals who control, to varying degrees, the governments of the world’s capitalist societies. In many cases, we know who these people are. Is it possible to divest these individuals of their hold on the economic and political life of this country by peaceful means? Only time will tell.

Note: Who am I to assert the above? I have a Masters Degree in Anthropology from Harvard University, and specialized in the study of pre-civilized societies.
 

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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