An obvious intersection of racial activism and the larger sphere where the revolutionaries themselves in France were racist…
We are reposting link to Decoding World History as is, without the extra passage from earlier today.
The usefulness of this model is that it is a model, not a theory and remains in the realm of fact, whatever the interpretation. History is far too complex for a theory like Marx’s ‘stages of production’ theory. That theory emerged before even the world had heard of Sumer. So it is very dated now, and in any case is based on the fallacy that history moves in relation to economic epochs. The eonic effect shows a much better way to consider epochs in world history. Feudalism and capitalism are not epochs of history.
The left can’t wait around for postcapitalism to happen according to laws of history. The left must bring it about after defining what it might mean and in such a way that a public an accept what is happening.
In any case the question of history via the eonic effect is much simpler, despite a kind of complication from immense data sets of facts about civilizations and their evolution.
The core chronology of three stages, from Sumer/Egypt, the classical/Axial period, and the rise of the modern, that’s it. That is a core set of civilizations that shows a hidden dynamic, but even that point can be held in reserve. Take the chronology of three stages empirically, study the economies throughout, see what the issues of class are, seen as if for the first time without marxist cliches, try to figure out the evolution of capitalism since the Neolithic, then look at the transformation of that in modern times, almost a new form we call ‘capitalism’, and distinguish that from the modern epoch as such. It is much easier to transcend capitalism if you stop making it a stage in world history. It is an ad hoc set elements in the context of the Industrial Revolution and various financial innovations. But if you look closely you will find almost all of it already in ancient Greece/Athens: the reason we pick Greece is that it had the first historical literature (almost). Most of the elements were present throughout the ancient world. The Athenian grain trade with the Black Sea colonies, etc, show all the elements of capitalism, sort of…
In any case the modern realm of capitalism is not foreordained in theory. It should have been absorbed into a new form of society, e.g. socialism, from the start, a view held by Marx/Engels until 1848 or so after which Marx as far as one can tell went into a funk and tried to storm of the gates of theory with theories that don’t seem to useful anymore. Take away the theories and the rest is useful. Capitalism is not an era we must live through. We can overcome it now, as soon as possible. The issue is clear now with the coming of climate calamity: capitalism is not able to stage any restraint there. It is a bogus stage of Adam Smith logic distorted and pushed to Ayn Randian extremes. We don’t want to wait til the end of a capitalist epoch, we must overthrow it, and soon. We have a generation, maybe two.
To do that we must adopt a plan of action, a blueprint: the public wants to know what they are in for, and it must be a popular/populist format with all the elements of a real society. To that we should add issues/movement of race, gender, and ecological socialism. Our DMNC model is a token or symbol of that requirement. We should be wary of constructing whole societies from scratch. It is too complex and untried. One suggestion we have, for instance, is to take a liberal society and make one change: expropriate capital or the elements of primitive accumulation. Most of the rest can stay in place, etc…
In any case the left doesn’t need to take the ‘eonic effect’ as some gospel about history. What it can do is take an outline of the outline as a simple chronology and reconstruct economic study from there, along with an immense amount of cultural stuff, from all levels of cultural production, art, science, philosophy, religion, etc…Socialism is only a basic format, not enough for a real society. But it can make a real democracy possible…
The study of the eonic effect is tricky and moves in the terrain where theistic historicism has more or less botched the whole subject of world history. Please, drop the Old Testament. It is no longer a realistic view of history despite its curious charm as a primitive stage, for an anthropologist.
The ‘mechanism’ of the eonic effect is neutral it seems and the passage below is a draft of a short statement at the end of the account. It is not my business to pass judgment on humanity, but all at once one has to wonder. At the end the feeling arises that homo sapiens is in trouble and world history shows it. Will homo sapiens be exterminated and replaced by a new trial? We can’t know, but the fate of the neanderthal (in fact unknown, strictly speaking) as we suspect was a reality was none too nice.
I think we are coming to a realization that history for man has been a botch. I am not the judge.
I hope the material on the eonic effect can help. Our species needs to wake up from a kind of historical drunkenness, arriving at a final judgment that could be quite unkind.
We can end here, mindful it is only a beginning. The issue of cosmology, teleology is an extra. The basic eonic effect stands for itself as a ‘non-random’ pattern, Friday’s footprint.
History, eonic emergence, and ethical action
We should also note that the effects of the macro process are always benign, ranging through philosophy, religion, science, art. Slavery, war, empire, are never the objects of eonic emergence, as far as we can tell, with ambiguous actions where system action and free action blend in confusing combinations. Continue reading “History, eonic emergence, and ethical action…endgame for homo sapiens?”
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Big business has long held an outsize role in US politics. In a plague year, and as politicians prematurely push to reopen the economy, political scientist Thomas Ferguson argues that its place at the center of American life is more grotesque than ever.
My first conversation with Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen on The Ezra Klein Show in fall 2019 was one of my all-time favorites. I didn’t expect to have Allen on again so soon, but her work is unusually relevant to our current moment.