It makes me think some of the stuff I've heard before in a college anthropology course ...redistributive feasting which involves big parties thrown by tribal leaders engaged in popularity contests with each other. ...that sounds a lot like what goes on in Congress ...Could the consequences of the bourgeoning national debt be our version of the wasteful behavior of tribal chieftains who brought the society on Easter Island to ruin? --Jeff F.Hi Jeff F!
Hadn't considered the national debt that way, but add that today the cost of those popularity-buying "feasts" is passed on to the kids, grand kids and the yet unborn, and the analogy is nearly perfect.
And there you have the basis of intergenerational warfare. Which is happening in nearly every developed "nation" -- and some not so developed ones as well.
Also, our politically egalitarian small-group ancestors were quite aware of hierarchically inclined folks' tendencies to parlay almost anything -- including hunting etc. skills -- into positions of political power. And they had ways to handle those tendencies. It was almost certainly instinctive and genetic.
In that regard, you might find this interesting:
When groups got larger than, say, Dunbar's number, folks couldn't keep track of the power junkies very well. Once they get out of control, eventually what happened on Easter Island -- and to the socialist (communist) societies seems to happen to pretty much all societies. Like this - - -
Thanks again for your interest, feedback, and insights!
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