Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the poison in her pen and the villian in every one of her books.
I think we place the wrong emphasis upon examples, that we're treading on very weak ground when we set ourselves up as examples for others to become religious. If people are going to look at me for religious guidance, then I think they're looking in the wrong place.
Many of our problems are broadly similar to those that undermined ... Norse Greenland, and that many other past societies also struggled to solve. Some of those past societies failed (like the Greenland Norse) and others succeeded ... The past offers us a rich database from which we can learn in order that we may keep on succeeding.
There are examples of fraternal dictatorships, or one, anyway: the passing of power from Fidel to Raul Castro.
Now we do have many examples of transitional sequences.