One of the many criticisms of tribalism and hunter-gatherers by globalists is their apparent lack of technological progress. These critics say that, had not agriculture taken over the world, we would not have computers, robots, and the like. I was thinking this over during the transition state this morning, and have come to the conclusion that the critics may be more wrong that right.

According to my very little knowledge on the subject, most of it second- and third-hand through authors like Daniel Quinn and Ray Audette, most members of tribal societies "stayed home". Even the nomadic tribe members stuck with the group and did not socialize with other tribes (unless you call war "socializing"). But there were some exceptions.

There were, and still are, certain tribal elites who traveled the globe. They became shamans, teachers, and/or storytellers, and like technical gurus of our society, they enjoyed great status within their tribe, right up there with the great hunters, warriors, and chieftans (I'm really embellishing here, if anyone can correct me please do so). But unlike the hunters and warriors, the shamans were also welcome among other tribes; they could, and did, study with other shamans and swap secrets amongst each other. The technology they developed includes both telepathy and teleportation, if author Doug Boyd can be believed. (Note: the Amazon link shows a book with a "reading level" of "ages 9-12". Also, the editorial reviews are for a book about fighter jets, though the reader-contributed reviews are for the correct Rolling Thunder book. I wonder if it was deliberately marginalized to keep people from reading it.)

So yes, they didn't develop computers or robots. I grant you that. They bypassed all these polluting technologies and achieved far greater progress. And so shall I.

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