Originally Posted by Aries Walker
I call BS on this statement. The greatest, longest-lasting, and widest-spread nations in history, as well as those most responsible for the greatest leaps in art, science, and philosophy - Egypt, Rome, Dynastic China, Charlemagne's HRE, the Ottoman Empire, Imperial England, the modern US, etc. - have always been almost exclusively those with strong central powers. ...
Oh, and I forgot you don't need a big, strong central govt for leaps in art, science and philosophy. Less govt means more freedom and responsibility for the people to create—and they do. It's just not state inspired or controlled. That is how we got all the technology that improved our lives—through free-markets and capitalism. That's how we got Hollywood and movies. Do you really think films, or even philosophy flourished under the Soviet Union? If anything strong central govts want to maintain control of their power, so stifle new ideas or harass dissident voices in the arts.
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