Surviving the ‘end of history’ meme

We won’t comment on the multiple issues in this essay and instead will simply reiterate our views on the ‘end of history’ meme. The title of our blog is the ‘end(s) of history’ and we have tried to place the whole discussion in terms of real history and the consideration of teleology.

https://redfortyeight.com/?s=end+of+history
Our study of the eonic effect provides a model to deal with that without the mystifications of the chronic non-debate. The data of the Axial Age suggests that the ‘ends’ of history can be multiple but that in the end a complex of those multiple tracks converge on a single focus, but not a single ideology.
The crucial fact here is that the term ‘end’ refers, not to the temporal end of history, a stupid interpretation, but to the meaning of ‘end’ or ‘ends’ as goals, with the implication of teleological process in history. In general secular thought rejects that kind of thinking, but only a narrow secular band, sort of like the ‘new atheists’. The issue of teleology is to be sure treacherous, and and can be in the crossfire of theological issues.
The original issue in hegel was that history seems to show a trending toward freedom, a very vague statement, but we can actually provide evidence after a fashion using the eonic model. It is a long discussion.
The leftist version, the original one, of the ‘end of history’ meme is that socialism would eventually endure past capitalism (there a many versions here) and that somehow the ‘ends’ of history would linger forever in a system like capitalism. It seems correct or in the right direction, but there is no proof of that. The statement is more heuristic and hortatory than anything remotely scientific. And we can see from history that the future is not under our control: look at a previous version here: the roman republic (and/or any of the other republics of the early Axial Age in Greece, Italy and the middle east, including Athenian democracy). We have a virtual experimental test tube of ‘end of history’ proclamations: the roman republic resolved many of the issues of ‘oriental despotism’ (???) of an earlier epoch, but it soon suffered its own entropic decay and we end in the roman empire period, where the forms of the republic persisted as dead letters in the context of emperors, etc…
We can hardly claim that a fragile entity such as the modern democracy is the endpoint of social evolution: we must claim that decay is irrelevant: the crux is the democratic freedom idea, and no doubt that is on track: we see that after centuries of lost democracy the form recurs in modernity. The eonic effect suggests clearly that there is macro effect here!
But we can already see the entropic dissolution of the american republic in one and the same dismal recurrence of collapsing republics. The process has become terminal, please note, and there is the chance to examine the fragile semantics of all the original concepts and suggest, as modern lefts suggested long ago, that ‘real democracy’ could be made true under c conditions of socialism…etc…
None of this provides any scientific grounds for teleology, but the eonic models suggests it is real…

Source: The End of Fukuyama and the Last Book | Current Affairs

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