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  •  empire the only way to run a clan-based society (0+ / 0-)

    The broader ethno-religious identities that the European countries are built around exist in the Middle East too, but they're not what the clansfolk down there really believe in.

    When the people don't care if (for all intents and purposes) they're all the same color, that they all speak the same language, that they all worship the same god, that they all have the same history, that they all practice the same customs and observe the same taboos ... all that's left to weld them together - or at least keep them from killing each other - is power.

    All you need for stability is a tribe that's more powerful than all the others to come in and say: "Right, you're all going to do what we tell you or else!"  They don't need to have anything in common with those they rule; they just need to be damn strong and willing to use that strength.

    Politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 12:28:55 PM PDT

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