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Feb 9Liked by Étienne Fortier-Dubois

holy fucking god above, your writing is pure delight.

That said, this is basically Brazil (except for the military part): "the education was bad, the slaving was bad, he elite class was bad, the class structure was overall bad, the military is was not bad, but not great either, other things were bad, like the inflexible political system and the unforgiving laws on who gets to be a citizen."

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Feb 9Liked by Étienne Fortier-Dubois

There is one way in which north Korea is definitely not Sparta, which coincidentally is the exact blindspot of Devereau's indictment: North Korea hasn't been (and isn't on a way to become) a regional hegemony for the last few centuries. Which begs the question, if their political system was so shit, if their military was, in fact, not even good (which, apparently, is measured by military historians by counting recorded battle victories and defeat. That reinforce my confidence in "roman statue pp" twitter accounts, since they share a similar methodology), and their economy so inefficient, *how* did they become or remained the top dog for so long?

It's unfortunate such a discrepancy between the analysis and the most well known and documented fact known on the subject pop up in Brett's work, because it raises the question of what is he not saying, or what is he wrong about. Or, worse, what is he dishonest about.

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