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celebratedrecluse wrote

ok, but most imperial armies have relied on significant numbers of lower-class or lower-caste people, even slaves in many instances, so it is unrealistic to assume an empire as wealthy as the US would not do so when it was threatened with the prospect of a middle class rejection of the social contract

i believe we have to make politics for the world we have, not the one we wish we lived in, you know? but i feel ya