Re: Zapatistas -- culture not capitalism
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 03:18:14 GMT

In article <>, (JAMES BENTHALL) writes:
>In article <>, (Milo Gardner) writes...
>>What Sub-commandant Marcos holding out for is a broad range
>>of political empowerments, beginning with the respect for
>>pre-Columbian cultures --
>I agree with much of what you said (although I don't know if Marxian economics
>were "proven wrong" being that there has never been a country on the planet that
>actually *practiced* such--particularly the Soviet Union) but I want to point
>out that there are NO pre-Columbian cultures. How can you have pre-Columbian
>cultures in post-Columbian times? You can't.
>However, many people make this mistake. Westerners, in particular, seem to
>look on indigenous communities as if their "ancient relics from the path" that
>never changed, timeless people inhabiting a bygone era. PBS recently aired a

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Anyone care to comment on the Huichols as an example of a contemporary
"pre-Columbian culture?

r. leary