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Sandra asks…

Were the Aztecs part of a capitalism or socialism econimic system?

I can’t find anything on capitalism or socialism for the aztecs.

Tijuana answers:

The reason why you can’t find anything is because Aztecs were before socialism or capitalism. Socialism largely originated in the 19th century. Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of nations” appeared in 1776.

About Aztecs economy: Economy

The Aztec economy was an example of a commercial economy. Several types of money were in regular use. Small purchases were made with cacao beans, which had to be imported from lowland areas. In Aztec marketplaces, a small rabbit was worth 30 beans, a turkey egg cost 3 beans, and a tamale cost a single bean. For larger purchases, standardized lengths of cotton cloth called quachtli were used. There were different grades of quachtli, ranging in value from 65 to 300 cacao beans. One source stated that 20 quachtli could support a commoner for one year in Tenochtitlan. A man could also sell his own daughter as a sexual slave or future religious sacrifice, generally for around 500 to 700 beans. A small gold statue (approximately 0.62 kg / 1.37 lb) cost 250 beans. Money was used primarily in the many periodic markets that were held in each town. A typical town would have a weekly market (every 5 days), while larger cities held markets every day. Cortés reported that the central market of Tlatelolco, Tenochtitlan’s sister city, was visited by 60,000 people daily. Some sellers in the markets were petty vendors; farmers might sell some of their produce, potters sold their vessels, and so on. Other vendors were professional merchants who traveled from market to market seeking profits. The pochteca were specialized merchants organized into exclusive guilds. They made lengthy expeditions to all parts of Mesoamerica, and they served as the judges and supervisors of the Tlatelolco market. Although the economy of Aztec Mexico was commercialized (in its use of money, markets, and merchants), it was not “a capitalist economy because land and labor were not commodities for sale. (

I hope this helps

Michael asks…

Is it feasable to install solar power in third world countries ?

I’m in the process of doing some research where i want
to find out the feasability of solar panels in
There is a big power shortage in Pakistan and WAPDA
(Government electricity department) has no alternative
rather to do loadshedding for
residential and commecial users. Users have no other
option but to adjust to a lifestyle where there is no
power, even when they can afford an alternative,
there is none available.
Pakistan has hot and sunny climatic conditions and
solar energy could a be good alternative for
commercial and
residential users. There is a huge construction boom
in Pakistan nowadays and if feasable solar energy
alternatives are introduced i’m sure lots of users
would be interested. New industries are being setup
with local as well as foreign capital and alternate
energy sources could be suggested.

I wanted to know if there are solutions for residential
users and how can we calculate if it will be feasable.

Tijuana answers:

I’ve been installing Solar panels. Solar stoves, Solar batch and inline hot water heaters.Solar radiant heating. Solar home heating and AC, along with home made wind gens and other alternative energy items for the last 3 years in the Mexican border towns (Mexico is NOT a 3rd world country) across from my ranch here in Texas.

Myself, my ranch and home are 100% off the grid and self sufficient. Every form of energy we have I built (mostly from recycled things like car brake drums, old alternators etc). The technology is simple and can be introduced to ANY place by ANYONE in ANY climate or conditions.

You can even make the above projects on site in Pakistan with simple parts from the local hardware stores or auto stores or junk yards. For more info check out some guides I wrote / compiled on how to DIY

Again these projects can be accomplished anywhere by anyone.

Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions,

Dan Martin
Retired Boeing Engineer now living 100% Off-the-Grid with my family, using Alternative Energy & loving every minute.
For more info visit

Charles asks…

What is a better graduate school for photography?

My friend asked me to help him so I thought I would open up the discussion to the yahoo community. His portfolio is His work is really unique, and he is overstimulated trying to find a graduate school. As of now, he is looking at School of Visual Arts, Columbia College, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Any ideas and help would be appreciated.

Tijuana answers:

It would help to know what his goals for photography are. Does he want to become a commercial photographer in advertising, an all-around pro in a small town – weddings, senior or school photos, portraits, or is his goal to become a photographic artist or teacher.

Judging from his portfolio on the website, I sense that he has a very strong leaning towards Art Photography. Then, he should attend an Art School. The School of Visual Arts might be a good choice if it is the one in New York City that I used to know, other colleges and universities have some very fine photography departments. One such school is the University of New Mexico. That school has a very well regarded graduate program.

You mention that he is looking for a graduate school to attend. I take it that he has already graduated and has his BA in photography? If he does, then perhaps he should continue on at the institution where he completed his undergraduate work as it will already be familiar to him and so will many of the instructors at that school which is a good thing.

If he is already that advanced in his studies then he should know about the resources and the means to discover and decide on his next course of action. That is why people go to college, after all, so that they can learn to make the necessary decisions to live successful lives.

Perhaps a visit to one or more of the schools that he seems interested in will help him to focus on which school will give him the best chance to succeed at the kind of photography which he hopes to do as his career.

Wish him good luck for me.


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