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Theater-States and the Long Count

Here's an excerpt from Albert Bates' most recent blog post:

One of the terms Demarest uses to describe the Classic Maya period is a “theater-state.” The ruling elite, known as the K’uhul Ajaw, or Holy Lords, were relatively hands-off with respect to economics, social welfare and trade but devoted lots of resources to legitimizing their political and religious authority through monumental architecture, art, pageant, sports spectacles and warfare. This resource misallocation – taking away from the real needs of the populace, especially in times of stress – led to swelling of the elite class, enormous diversions to unproductive types of labor, depredations from unnecessary wars, resentment from disenfranchised youth who were relegated to mere javelin–fodder, and, of course, ecological decay — as previously elegant eco-agriculture microsystems (using 400-500 species of plants) were consolidated into monocultures and overproduced.

Sound familiar?


http://peaksurfer.blogspot.com/2011/08/theater-states-and-long-count.html

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prester_scott
Sep. 29th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
unrelated
I noticed you use ljdump. Care to comment on it at all? I am having trouble making it work.
kmo
Sep. 29th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
ljdump?
If I'm using it, I'm doing it unwittingly.
prester_scott
Sep. 29th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: ljdump?
Huh. When I Googled for lj archive utilities, it was one of the results, and your name was attached to it as a reviewer or something.
kmo
Sep. 29th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: ljdump?
Ah, this dates from 2 years ago when I was worried about retaining access to my LJ entries should the company go under.

http://kmo.livejournal.com/390098.html
prester_scott
Sep. 29th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: ljdump?
I guess you used ljArchive. That hasn't been working for me lately. Guess I could try again.
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