Chief Tecumseh, Leader Against Western Capitalism

28 10 2011

A telling and pertinent quote by an important native leader, not only because he felt the only way to win was to unite all “Redman”, but for something we should all keep in mind.

“to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land, as it was at first and should be yet; for it was never divided, but belongs to all for the use of each.  That no part has a right to sell, even to each other,…”

This was before Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848.  Feels good to know that what I believe in goes back hundreds of years and to be indigenous is to be anti-capitalist and to fight for an end to private property.

From this belief against selling of land, Andrew Jackson, the greatest enemy against Indian people during this period would start a process that would effect us til this day.

“Jackson’s 1814 treaty with the Creeks started something new and important.  It granted Indians individual ownership of land, thus, splitting Indian from Indian, breaking up communal land holding, bribing some with land, leaving others out – introducing the competition and conniving that marked the spirit of Western capitalism (Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, 127)

During another meeting with U.S. government officials Tecumseh refused to submit.  “Your father (the president) requests you take a chair”  Tecumseh replied “My father!  The sun is my father, and the earth is my mother…” (Zinn, 131)


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