Language → Private Property

Democratic principles go as far back as the dawn of man, when nomadic hunting and gathering tribes learned to use language to classify, identify, and create the concept of ownership in order to distinguish communal vs. private property. This enabled them to communicate not only with each other but with other tribes too and, along with advances in the domestication of plants and animals, allowed them to settle into large agricultural imperial communities. By using these lines of communication to dole out responsibilities, they had enough free time to develop the concept of a complex social hierarchy and succession of rights.

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