The FOG – Consensus Government
Consensus government is not a new idea. It can be traced back to the Iroquois Confederacy or League. Here sits the oldest parliament in North America if not one of the oldest in the world. This Five Nation Confederacy was copied by the burgeoning Republic of the United States of America. Complete with its eagle which originally held five arrows not thirteen.
In 1851 Lewis Henry Morgan wrote his influential book League of the Iroquois which became a cornerstone of modern ethnology. In his book he described accurately and in detail for the first time the workings of Native American government.
“Their whole civil policy was averse to the concentration of power in the hands of any single individual, but inclined to the opposite principle of division among a number of equals”
Morgans books on the Iroquois influenced Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
“This gentle constitution is wonderful” Engels cried! “There can be no poor and needy. All are free and equal, including women”
After years of exploitation an elder was asked about how Benjamin Franklin and Karl Marx were influenced by the confederacy. He answered “Both superpowers took our ideas but neither got them right”.