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The Cimmerian hypothesis (part 1): civilization and barbarism

People in civilizations tend to cut themselves off from the immediate experience of nature nature to a much greater extent than the uncivilized do. Does this help explain why civilizations crash and burn so reliably, leaving the barbarians to play drinking games with mead while sitting …

Power is nothing without control: how to lose an empire

Power is nothing without control. And, usually, control seems to run out before power.

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