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Very interesting piece. How do you think Western societies have ameliorated this problem (even though, as you point out, "no particular state structure would entirely prevent" the ability of the guardians to overthrow the sovereign)? Seems like both nationalism and capitalism help, since the former raises the political costs of disobeying the sovereign (who can now rile up a restive public to violently oppose ambitious Generals) and the latter both gives the Sovereign and his civilian backers funds to buy off ambitious Generals and raises the costs of disruptive coups (which again may make the public opposed to the guardians). Do you think there are other developments that help the sovereign?

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