Starting about about minute 40, Helga Vierich describes her study of a primitive tribe in Western Africa and their agricultural practices.
She explains their limited agriculture, and how each family tries to grow enough to have a surplus at the end of harvest season, which they store in granaries.
This is where evil hierarchy comes into play. Each family or group of families has a granary, and they pay a kind of “tax” to the headman out of their surplus, which the headman stores in his extra granary. Then, each of the headmen – the patriarchs – pay a “tax” of some of that surplus to the Head Headmen, the Grand Patriarch, who had a total of eight granaries, full of the surplus of the expropriated workers lower down the hierarchy.
Vierich admits that this bothered her, and when the Grand Patriarch, the Headman of the Headman, showed off to this Blue-Eyed Devil Paleface how many granaries he had and how they were all full, she thought a nasty thought to herself.
Until the Grand Patriarch bragged:
“Yes, I have eight full granaries. So when the next drought comes, even if it lasts for four years, I will be able to feed the entire tribe for eight years, and no one will starve.”
Well, gee, who could have ever imagined? The Grand Patriarch had not just authority over the tribe, but the ultimate responsibility for the tribe.
Vierich also mentions “husbands and wives” who live with their biological children. Oops, there you go, it’s the patriarchal institution of marriage and the nuclear family based in biology. No mention of lesbian orgies, “free love” or “liberated sexuality.” Nope, even these most primitive people have established the social construct of marriage and practice “family values.”
In another video Jensen mentions an anthropologist that explained some tribes understood that people have both a selfish instinct and a social instinct, and that good societies create social institutions that align those two interests. He gives an example: if he catches a bunch of salmon, but selfishly keeps them to himself, he will be socially shamed. But if he then shares these salmon with the rest of the tribe, he will be praised. Thus, his selfish instict for status-seeking is aligned with his social instincts.
Jensen mentions this is just common sense and asks why it took an anthopologist to figure this out. Good one, Jensen, but why haven’t you figured out that the male hierarchy, and patriarchy, is precisely this sort of alignment of interests?
Vierich also mentions a group of “elected officials” which reading between the lines means that the men of the tribe select among themselves leaders. I bet there are no women voting in this. Each Patriarch casts a vote for one of his fellow Patriarchs for Head Patriarch. There is no need to get the women and the children involved in this process, because each Husband is responsible to his Wife and their children.
The men who get elected as leaders are the ones who have a good reputation, the ones who have proven themselves smart, responsible, and fair. Selfish and incompetent men do not get chosen by their fellow men as leader.
Now, since this is a stone age tribe, and not white, we know that Derrick Jensen believes we must follow their example.
So when will Derrick Jensen give up White Middle-Class Lesbian Feminism and start promoting Natural Patriarchy and Family Values – the kind of social system that protects women and children and has their best interests at heart?