The Ju/’hoansi cherish their egalitarian traditions so strongly that they have a hard time assuming any leadership roles, yet they have one of the most successful civilizations in history. At least that is one of the central arguments made by James Suzman, an anthropologist who has been studying them for over 20 years. On October […]

The basis of egalitarian life in Ju/’hoansi society is an absolute commitment to sharing everything—no one is allowed to have more possessions than anyone else in the group. Sharing extends beyond the family to include all people living in the face-to-face community, and beyond. The sharing implies a giving without any need for an immediate, […]