[LMB] Cetagandans (was Haut becoming Ghem)
Judy R. Johnson
jrj at fidalgo.net
Wed Jun 23 04:52:12 BST 2010
On 6/22/2010 8:28 PM, Walter Bushell wrote:
> On May 27, 2010, at 3:15 PM, Howard Brazee wrote:
>> I see instances where elite societies on Earth have had similar hubris. Without the genetic background, they knew who the "better" type of people were, and objected strongly to marriage outside of class. It doesn't seem to be a big stretch that a society that was built up from a scientific colony to take that further.
> But please to note, not for breeding out of class, especially for the upper class men and lower class women.
NEW -- JRJ> Primogeniture prevented unreasonable divvies of estates on
Terra, traditionally for many cultures, but it never guaranteed that the
first-born would be the most capable, and so was not enough by itself to
prop up inherited power long-term, being under constant attack from the
later-born of each generation, as a general rule. Those societies that
made reasonable provisions for all -- one way or another -- worked better.
Wonder if the Cetegandans might have awarded the "lion's share" of
property and power transitions to the most able of each generation and,
if so, how this was determined. What did they do with the "also-ran"
Presently, money and politics are a sort-of approximation of an attempt
to apportion power to the most able. ...Could stand a lot of
Nobody making decisions nowadays is scientific enough or ruthless enough
to come close to what I'm imagining the Cetegandans might have devised.
Mind you, I'm not advocating any such thing, just speculating on the
Who doubts if the status quo is ever well enough to be let alone
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