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Political disintegration is a persistent feature of world history. The Collapse of Complex Societies, though written by an archaeologist, will therefore strike a chord throughout the social sciences. …
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An Oxford philosopher makes the case for “longtermism” — that positively influencing the long-term future is a key moral priority of our time.

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