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Wed Apr 26, 2017, 02:11 PM

12. At some point

I suppose answer 2 would lead to the great masses finally waking up to the fact that there are far more of them than there are of the royalty and prompt some sort of revolution to "dislodge" them. Something like that happened a century ago in Russia and in France before that. Of course the royalty's defense systems now are much more powerful than were the forces on horseback fighting off the Bolsheviks and the mobs storming the Bastille. Assad is using barrel bombs and chemicals to suppress a revolution in Syria. I'm curious how historians would compare Putin's current oligarchy (and those in the West for that matter) to the old czarist oligarchy that gave rise to the revolution a century ago.

In the end I fear that human greed and bigotry will prevail despite attempts by many at something more egalitarian--as seems to be the story in Russia and perhaps even in France with the rise of neoliberals. Civilizational collapse and dystopia.

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