[LMB] OT: Medieval parliaments

Tel teldreaming at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 00:26:27 BST 2011


On Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 3:15 PM,  <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu> wrote:

> And of course history gives us little model for what happens to a 100%
> literate population with deep democratic traditions under deep stress.
> Emberverse survivors turning to Big Men doesn't seem impossible; having
> that be a uniform response seems unrealistically simplistic.

Leaving high tech democracies aside for now, a number of low tech
societies have deep democratic traditions - they tend to be very, very
hard to displace or assimilate. Societies where -everyone- needs to be
able to fight can be very (male-)*egalitarian... prime examples would
be the Pashtuns and the Chechens. How they deal with deep stress?
Well, there's no shortage of data points there...

-Tel
*key point



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