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Autocracies would be adequately competent in simple and unchanging environments. History would provide most of the wisdom to rule a static society. There would be less negative reaction among the followers since everyone would recognize that tradition is the real authority.

 

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Autocracies would also be effective competing within a loosely formed international structure. Autocracies could effectively achieve short-term victories. The negative consequences of bad reputation and organized counter-reaction would be minimized. This may explain why autocractic governments have held their own for such a large fraction of history.

 

 

 

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