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The Question (ID Number 700)...

    What are your personal feelings about polygamy? On an Ishmael message board recently someone suggested that polygamy would chip away at the Taker worldview. My first reaction was that polygamy would be an irrelevant factor given what the Taker worldview actually is. But it was further suggested that polygamy means lack of ownership, more freedom, less control.

    ...and the response:

    I frankly can't see why "polygamy would chip away at the Taker worldview" or why it would mean "lack of ownership, more freedom, less control." As is my habit, I look at the whole of human history as a guide to what works for people. I can't claim to an exhaustive knowledge of the subject, but I know that the practice of polygamy (many spouses) has been very rare; rather, there have been a few societies that practiced polygyny (many wives)--all of them Taker societies as far as I know, and wives in these societies certainly didn't experience "more freedom" or "less control." For a single, simple act that would totter the Taker worldview, I'd nominate a law requiring all government officials, elected or appointed, and all corporate executives earning more than $200,000 to appear in public only when naked from the waist down.


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