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Saturday, December 06, 2014

A rare exception (Brin)

If 99% of societies were feudal pyramids of hierarchy and inherited status, it suggests that our own—with its emphasis on individualism, rights and competitive creativity is a rare exception. Not an outgrowth of “natural law” but instead an invention, spectacularly clever, complex and needing perpetual maintenance, lest it slump back into older, more entropic ways.

David Brin

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