We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Apparently Chagnon's field research did not support Marxist interpretations of stone-age tribal behavior, so he was attacked and smeared. Is there a Marxist interpretation for academia's tribal warfare against Chagnon?
Of course, Edward O. Wilson got some of the same treatment, but not quite as diabolical, for his work on sociobiology. There are lots of Thought Police in academia.
There is a book out called The Spirit Society that is just one of many being pushed now to go with all the Common Core education reforms. It insists that a cooperative economy not based on markets but on human needs can work. It cites to a different book on Stone Age Economics as the support. As anyone who has studied tribal societies knows envy is a huge problem that restrains being different or allows anything other than a self-sufficiency economy. No mass prosperity.
So yes it is inconvenient at the precise moment when we have a coordinated global assault through UNESCO and the OECD with the US firmly on board to transition to a Nordic like welfare state through changes in our ed system for someone to point out that all the premises are false.
Similar problem with the CAGW excuse for all the changes with no widespread temp increases and now those pesky Climategate emails again.
There's no doubt in my mind that a cooperative economy based on human needs rather than competition can work as well as the typical Stone Age economy. It will be great for the environment, too, as it will result in the starvation of 99% of the world's population before we stabilize. And it has inchoate spiritual benefits. Win-win-win.