Dan Kurt: Thomas Piketty is the French equivalent of America’s Paul Krugman. Both are “brilliant” propagandists preaching to their choir on the left. Dan Kurt
Rollory: And the historical lesson is there is nothing that can be done to stop it. For an empire, it can not be stopped, because it is contrary to the nature of the empire to stop it. For a non-imperial nation, it can be stopped. In Anabasis, Xenophon talks about the Kurds and what a pain in the ass they were for anybody who happened to be invading their mountains.
Rollory: The 250-year duration may be questioned. This has been discussed in previous comment threads on this topic. The questions may themselves be questioned.
Rollory: Gibbon’s Decline and Fall has a lot more to say on this topic (as well as many others). I strongly encourage your audience to read it if they haven’t.
Zhai2Nan2: So can we say that Israel is defying history? We can say that Israel is burning through its diplomatic capital with every nation on Earth, except the USA, which is more loyal to Israel than it is to itself. The question is — after everyone believes that the Israelis are completely psychopathic mass murderers — will the rest of the world fear the Israelis and curry favor, or will the rest of the world try to strangle Israel and its enabling muscle — the USA? Modern capitalism...
Zhai2Nan2: The case of Rome is bizarre. In the original book, I think Glubb lists Rome as two separate empires — one from about 200 BC to about Caesar, and another from Caesar to some point in the decadence of the Empire. However, even if Rome is considered a continuous state, that is because a state is a propagandistic fiction. The Roman monarchy was not the same society as the Roman Republic; the Roman Republic was not the same society as the Byzantine Empire. The fictions of international law...
The Fourth Doorman of the Apocalypse: So can we say that Israel is defying history? And the historical lesson is there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Nothing humane, at any rate; doggedly conservative states that stake their identity upon ethnic purity become the nastiest of regimes; when they succeed, it is only through the moral outrages of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Soap Jackal: Reddit is the worst; however, this was sort of fun to think about. A similar take (Feds vs Batman) was done in Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100, which was fantastic.
The Fourth Doorman of the Apocalypse: No, it’s not. If you cream off the top 10% and they reproduce much less, then there’s selection pressure against the alleles responsible. Correct. It is a form of truncation selection.
The Fourth Doorman of the Apocalypse: Can we see in the behavior of our current elites their expectation that the end will not be long in coming? This seems to relate to Mancur Olsen’s Stationary Bandits as well. Once they perceive that things are coming to an end it is in their interests to loot the hell out of the beast. To kill the goose that laid the golden eggs.