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  •  Which Begs Our Relationship to War (3+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, radarlady, foresterbob

    Are we in trouble because we stopped a significant amount of war?

    •  only secondarily (10+ / 0-)

      The real issue is spare capacity. The Postclassic Maya inadvertently created it by steady warfare and the creation of no-man's lands, which could be farmed at time of great need. Not as well documented for obvious reasons, North Americans also seem to have had game reserves in the no-man's-lands between tribes.

      Not addressed in the paper, I do think the duration between major wars is limited to roughly a century. People commemorate the glories of war and forget the destruction. In the West, 1815-1914 is about as long a peace between major powers as there's been, and even then we had a lot of colonial scrambling and the creation of Germany at the expense of France and Austria. We are a violent species, and that violence will be or undoing, at least as far as civilization as we know it goes. My over/under year in the betting pool is 2045.

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