Native Americans HAD private property. "MY bow," "MY moccasins," "MY squaw" all existed. They didn't have private real property as individuals, but they did have "OUR land" as a tribal concept, to the point of killing outsider tribes that encroached upon it. And their lives, like those of most of the people of the world, were nasty, brutish, and short.How is this all that different from now? And you're only talking about certain societies, anyhow. Some tribal societies were more evenly distributed. In fact the ideas that the English brought to the Americas in terms of "private property" etc. completely baffled and astonished Native Americans.
I'd like hear exactly what "robber barons" stole, but the actual historical thefts I certainly agree were awful. But the U.S. economy is not "principally based upon thievery." That is a stupid statement, given the nature of the economy in 2009. And the Spaniards stole Mexico from the Aztecs, who stole the land originally. Someone had to claim the land originally. It's the Lockean concept of mixing labor with nature to create land as property. If you trace it back long enough, everything and everywhere would be considered "stolen" in some way.Yet our entire United States economy is principally based upon theivery, beginning with conquering the Native American tribes, and taking slaves from Africa, then throw in a handful robber barons, some whities chasing Mexicans out of the South West, and we have quite the conflict about what constitutes "private property."
No, not really.Who is stupid here is very much a matter of opinion.