I had the same thought.
Not completely on topic ,perhaps, but I am reminded of an insight I read (in Playboy magazine!) to the effect that the amount of freedom on the planet varied directionally, with California (the most Western) the most free, and China (the most Eastern) the least free. Europe, of course, was in the middle, not as free (or capitalistic) as the US but not as controlled (or socialistic) as Russia or China. Not sure exactly how evolution figures in all of this ... except to say that a friend in college was convinced that we would all meet in the middle one day.
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