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  •  Pretty much created the need for them. (6+ / 0-)

    Farm equipment tends toward things you can't necessarily make yourself. And there's also the need for seasonal labor, eventually.

    So there's maybe a three-tier system of nomadic herders who mainly just see their families and occasionally others of the same ethnicity, then settled farmers who still mainly see people like them but occasionally a trader from elsewhere who looks significantly different, and then eventually urban developments on trade route junctures where a lot of different kinds of people all have a reason to be at the same time.

    And you can still find the 'just my family' mindset around - homeschooling families that also homechurch, so the daughters may never actually leave the house for weeks on end, for instance.

    I know when my family was looking for this house, we found out that the realtors in this rural area will actually point out houses that are out of eyeshot and earshot of neighbors because there are still people looking for that 'just my family' controllable setting even here, where just about everyone is a white Christian related within 6 generations at the most.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:28:21 AM PST

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    •  My root point is that until agriculture (0+ / 0-)

      was invented it was impossible to accumulate the surplus resources necessary to support urban dwellers or a highly stratified class system. Them kings and priests gotta eat......Even today hunter-gatherer and pastoral groups tend to have smaller and looser political structures.

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:34:58 AM PST

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