-...When trouble strikes, the society’s members reach for familiar ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. They respond in ways tested in, and seemingly verified by, past experience. Stress drives discourses about diplomacy and strategy toward extreme versions of these familiar ways, and action follows that trend. Authoritarian regimes become more authoritarian, liberal regimes more liberal and thus less predictable. Or at least that’s the finding I took away from studying population decline in classical antiquity... https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/beware-pandemic-america-135672
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