Why We Don't Need Big Government & the Welfare State
Lakota Sage Lame Deer (from John Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions)
Therefore we had no criminals. You can't have criminals without a jail.
We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or blanket, someone gave him these things.
We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings.
We wanted to have things only in order to give them away.
We had no money, and therefore a man's worth couldn't be measured by it.
We valued the exchange of love, so we did not deal in fear.
We had no written law, no attorney or politicians, therefore we couldn't cheat.
We were in a really bad way before the white man came, and I don't know how we managed to get along for millenniums without the basic things which, we are told, are absolutely necessary to make a current civilized
society. -- Lakota Sage Lame Deer (from John Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions)
Feb. 25, 2011