Containing Multitudes Since 2004
"Before our white brothers came to civilize us, we had no jails"... but we did have capital punishment."We had no locks or keys, and so we had no theives"... but we did conduct raids on neighboring tribes, killing their men, kidnapping their women to rape them as our new wives, and enslaving their children."We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings"... which is why we would kill intruders from those neighboring tribes to take their stuff.Yawn. The Noble Savage was devoid of the sins of modern, western civilization. Yeah, right. No human society has ever been as squeaky clean as our nostalgia insists.
This gift economy is what Lewis Hyde speaks of in his amazing book, THE GIFT: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property. Good time to read it.
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