What was our political system?? It wasn't Capitalism, It wasn't Communism nor Socialism. The ancestors followed a system called Communalism. Now many people TRIED to compare this with Communsim when in fact, Communism was grafted out of Communalism however, they are different from each other. What's the difference between Communalism and Communism? Communalism denotes a way of life that is distinctly African. This way of life can be glimpsed in the collectivist structure of African societies in which: 1) different communities enjoy (near) unfettered independence from one another; 2) communities manage their own affairs and are for all practical purposes self-accounting and self-governing; 3) every individual without exception takes part, either directly or indirectly, in the running of community affairs at all levels. Leadership developed on the basis of family and kinship ties woven around the elders; it was conferred only by age, a factor which runs deep in communalism. In Africa, old age was-and still often is equated with possession of wisdom and rational judgment. Communalism is original. Communism is grafted. The difference is the same as the difference between the black man (original man) and the white man (grafted/non-original man). Our people practiced communalism, while caucasians developed capitalism and then devised a system to refute capitalism. Communism is a response to capitalism. Communism is a system or a doctrine based on the liberation of the proletariat (the working class of the ninteenth century). The proletariat originated in the industrial revolution which took place in England in the second half of the eighteenth century and has since then been repeated in all the so-called civilized countries of the world. This industrial revolution was brought about by the invention of the steam-engine, various spinning machines, the power loom, and a whole series of other mechanical devices. So again, communalism is not a response to anything, while communism is a response to capitalism. Communalism was originated by the original man and communism was cooked up by the caucasian. The beautiful thing about Communalism is it doesn't screw people over unlike Capitalism.