Following up on some of our discussions tonight, here are some links to a couple of papers on egalitarian thoughts from some anthropologists that have spent a good portion of their life’s living with and studying people who practice the life. Unfortunately, finding folks that are still free to live this freestyle life is becoming more and more difficult as commercialization dominates the world.
James Woodburn, “Egalitarian Societies” available here: http://cas.umkc.edu/econ/economics/faculty/Forstater/688/Reading/Egalitarian%20societies.pdf
Christopher Boehm and others, “Egalitarian Behavior and Reverse Dominance Hierarchy available here: http://www.unl.edu/rhames/courses/current/readings/boehm.pdf
And for a more radical take on the topic visit the Radical Anthropology Group website here: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/
A talk that I found interesting from this group titled “Woman’s Biggest Husband is the Moon” can be found here: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/av/video/womans-biggest-husband-moon-how-hunter-gatherers-maintain-social-equality