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I wonder, how much of the national character depends on nation's elites or leaders, particularly of persistent power or influence holders. If the elites decide that consumption or religious irrationality serves them best, wouldn't they build workings of the whole society accordingly? After all, people like to follow each other, especially the most successful or powerful.
by das monde on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 07:11:11 AM EST

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