Don’t be daft. There are only two success stories in history. The far west: a professional militia of kin that create markets, and the far east: a professional bureaucracy of kin that create monopolies. I have no idea why we even pay attention to the fertile crescent. it is an exercise in a professional class of liars (priests). Which is the worst of all possible worlds. Starting first with any technology is a disadvantage because of the cumulative network effect. The chinese avoided religion altogether. The west was conquered by it and has tried repeatedly to escape it. Maybe this time we will be successful in replacing religion with Literature, the Oath, Sports, and Festivals.

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