FAST FIVE: Is 2021 An Echo Of 1641?
Humans respond to scarcity by assessing who's getting the biggest pieces of the shrinking pie. When hunger begets desperation, various dynamics are set into motion as those without agency and capital, i.e.
The overlapping crises reveal and exploit the weaknesses in the political, social and economic structures, and in the competing elites.
Each node seeking to defend or expand its share of resources and power projects and amplifies persuasive rhetoric, symbols and beliefs to unify its supporters around deeply held values and aspirations.
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