December 2022 Links
Sparta's defeat, the metaphysics of Aztec violence, the evils of the fertility industry, and more.
On the overthrow of Sparta’s military might - The entire article is a fantastic introduction to where the battlefield “maneuver” came from, but I found the section on Sparta and Thebes fun to read. Don’t get too set in your ways.
At Leuctra, Epaminondas and the Thebans threw all the conventional wisdom out the window.
Instead of a balanced, rectangular formation, the Thebans assembled in a lopsided, weighted formation, with their left wing packed, both with far deeper ranks and their best troops. While the Spartans followed the conventional wisdom and lined up at a consistent depth all across the line, the Thebans assembled a massive package, fifty ranks deep, on the left (facing the Spartan right).
Moving in Together Doesn’t Match the Financial Benefits of Marriage, but Why? - This article explores why married couples are four times as wealthy as unmarried couples who live together. The answer seems obvious to me. If there is no true commitment on either side, people will hoard things for themselves in case they need to bail. There is less incentive to build a shared pool of resources or maximize each other’s strengths. Just call it “married privilege.”
“Married people may be much more likely to have these conversations around what goals they have for their financial future,” she said. “There seems to be something very special and unique about deciding to share finances.”
Unmarried couples may be less willing to commingle their money, said Prof. Garbinsky.