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  •  Disparity occurs in cycles. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rigid class/caste distinction ultimately begets chaos wherein the only distinctions are between those with the will to rule and those without, who may come from any background.  This destroys and scatters civilization, wherein new cultures and forms emerge, primarily driven by merchant classes who themselves gradually become an aristocracy.  

    Egalitarian revolutions may occur based on resentment and revenge against the elite, but they merely crush the people beneath the weight of bureaucratic mediocrity until baser, more corrupt forms of merchant erode society from within (the gangster class).  And at every transition, there is always the possibility - not probable, but significantly possible - of democratic reform, although even if successful it will erode over a few generations.  Rinse, repeat.

    Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

    by Troubadour on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:20:12 AM PDT

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    •  I know people who say this is only distinction (1+ / 0-)
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      Rigid class/caste distinction ultimately begets chaos wherein the only distinctions are between those with the will to rule and those without, who may come from any background.
      that has ever existed between people.

      Culture and civilization are just tools for implementing rulership, that express the origins of the ruling class as well as their current circumstances.

      Coincidentally, these people are all conservatives.  When asked why they don't rule, their answer is the "egalitarian revolution".

      •  Culture and civilization are tools for information (1+ / 0-)
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        propagation.  The exact content of that information is evolutionary, and thus proliferates neutral and beneficial memes while weeding out destructive ones - except that the "weeding out" process is every bit as cataclysmic as it occasionally is in biology.

        Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

        by Troubadour on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:58:26 AM PDT

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