There are, however, costs to dictatorship, in the form of the absence of civil liberties.For any economic environment, it is possible to compute the equilibria under democracy and benevolent dictatorship, and to evaluate what coalition of the population prefers one to the other.
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On a very personal note, my grandfather was really sick and in hospice while I was finishing the book.
But he’d had this terrific 20th-century romance with my grandmother where they fell in love before World War II and he’d gone off and come back.
The people who are seemingly just browsing — the people I think of as recreational daters — are the unattached urban elite. We now have virtual dating assistants: experts for people who see dating as a part-time job they’re too busy to do themselves.) So modern people who have significant financial burdens are probably not dating and may also not be able to plan for partnership.
My book is mostly about college-educated people in cities. We have these shows like — it’s aspirational dating.