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The Origin of Private Property (If You Can Believe It!)

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   When the first primitive savage awoke to it's own consciousness and pointed, grunted or perhaps grabbed an object outside of himself (whether animate or inanimate) the origin of private property was born. This reality goes against everything written in Frederick Engles book "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State", where he contends that communal property was the primary reason for man's climb to a more and ever advancing state. This is easy to refute. There are plenty of examples in primitive culture where private property was first cause. For example, when the primitive savage fashioned tools for hunting, polished stones for throwing or invented a new means and methods for easing his hard life, he unwittingly made life easier and eased the burden of those around him who were less gifted. Most of the time these others banned around him for "thankful" safety. Others for an unearned demand of ownership of these new means and methods that was not theirs to claim. The owner of his property had to defend his right to possession, at every moment, against merciless groups of jealous fellow tribesmen who were in no way his"mental prodigious " equal. If he won, he became leader or chief and freely taught them how to fashion things for the betterment of all without regard or reward. If he lost most likely he was killed, therefore the tribe losing the benefit of his knowledge and invention. In such a case, the tribe perished of their own ignorance and accord (ancestor worship was the most likely result). If he was over powered he had to, much against his will, distribute his things throughout those with an unclaimed need to his possessions all in the name of the general welfare (sound familiar). If  banished, along with his band of  brave followers, if any,  became more powerful than other tribes and adapted more easily to the harshness of the environment they lived in conquering as much of nature as they could. These people, the followers of  "the men with brains" and the things which they were taught over time became ever bigger and advanced tribes, villages, cities and finally modern civilizations.

Of course main line anthropologists find this truth to be hard to swallow and mostly formulate their theories on early primitive man to fit their own pre-conceived notions on the actions, beliefs and religious formations of early man. Engles himself was no anthropologist and formulated his theories quoting freely (often without giving references) from other researches.

The notion of private property as first cause, destroys any belief in altruism, commualism, socialism and communism once and for all times as a false, egregious and empty thrashings of those who find life to hard to bare and must by means of force or legistration receive and be rewarded of the unearned property and possessions of those who would, by their own choice, if left alone, create a world and life worth living for themselves and those who would follow.

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