Re: Egalitarianism in the North American Northeast: was Re: Norse sailings to Vinland/Markland

Eric Brunner (
20 Sep 1996 21:21:50 GMT

Mary Beth Williams ( wrote:
: In <51n0ug$>
: (Robert Sheaffer) writes:

A silly troller, really! What a frothy work of pother.

: Welcome to The Domain of Patriarchy on the Internet
: Robert Sheaffer - - Chief Patriarch and
: Oppressor-General

<Aside, Illiana Gill's work is junk, but that isn't a transitive property>

Then, when writing specific to Eleanor Leacock:

: Deceptions of a 'Gender Equal Society':
: Eleanor Leacock's Depiction of the 17th-Century
: Montagnais-Naskapi
: by Robert Sheaffer, June, 1993
: The late Eleanor Leacock was an anthropologist and feminist who published
: claims of societies that were supposedly "Egalitarian," in regard both to
: wealth, and to sex. Her writings display a strong Marxist bent. She wrote
: a long and admiring introduction for her new edition of Engels' The Origin
: of the Family, Private Property, and the State, which was published by
: International House Publishers (New York, 1972), the publishing arm of the
: Communist Party of the USA.

Heck. Nearly everything I write displays a "strong Marxist bent", I'm a
materialist after all, and any critical edition of Engels' Origin deserves
a long and admiring introduction -- it is one of the major items in the
history of European Intellectualism since 1789, and who else in the US but
the CP USA had the resources and corporate integrity to publish, in 1972,
a critical edition of a work which originally was in German and in the 19th
century, and rather highly out of fashion in the Vietnam/ColdWar emprisioned

Now, on to the "meat" of the article.

1. Sheaffer cites that the Innu Nation (modern political form of the
Montagnais-Naskapi Nations) being patriarchial in the late 20th century
refutes the possibility that the 17th century anticeedents were not.

I'd go on, but I'm in a bit of a hurry, and the scholarship of this web
page is more strident than I'm used to. It must be some Euro male thing.

Eric Brunner