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For example, the political leadership of England during most of this period was Monarchy supported by and supported land-based Aristocracy. While the great merchants gained power during this period they never achieved Decision Making power. An example of this, was a continuous un-met demand by the merchants for the King to do something about pirates infesting the English Channel. It was only when the mayor of London fitted out a fleet, out of his own pocket, that piracy faded.
Ever since I learnt about confirmation bias I've started seeing it everywhere
There's a reason why it's "sailing the Seven Seas" rather than "sailing to the Seven Seas" ~ there was a lot of money to be made plying the waters of the Andaman, Java, Banda, Molucca, Celebes, Sulu and South China Seas.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
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