Social Change in the 21st century · Social Order

Forming A New Society – utilizing North American Native concepts

In this set of posts, we will consider a “from scratch” concept of how Society might work. The reason for starting from scratch, is to allow a whole fresh set of ideas to enter the room, without feeling the necessity to “fit into” of “fix” or “alter” or “add onto” an existing system, allowing all and any ideas to be considered freely. We might say “new ideas sometimes are the culmination of crazy ideas becoming workable methods.

We are also going to step outside the traditional European social concepts, to simply see “what works” in other societies.

So, lets start with the North American tradition of “the Iroquois Confederacy”.

In this Native American traditions, they came to a consensus that the group of tribes or clans that were members of the confederation, would meet together at different levels, depending on the importance of the issue to be discussed.

There was also room for outside tribes or clans to participate, but generally, the tribes we fixed in number and also an agreed upon status, so that decisions could be made fairly, after listening to all parties, such that all decisions could be made in a context that all tribes were included in.

The Native American way also set all of their life in an ordered pattern, where:
Men had their tasks.
Women had their tasks.
There was room for folks who strayed between adopted norms of action, such that if a man did not like the adopted tasks, he could work with the women, and vice versa.

The Native American society adopted these ways of living, not because some intellectual came up with some great idea, but rather their way of living grew out of the needs of the people. Thus there was no “equality”and “rights” base to their way of life, only accepted practices that were adopted “because they were workable and functional. There is a distinct difference between the tribes which were migratory, and those that were fixed or less migratory.

Constitution of the Iroquois Nations

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