What drives history? Economics? April 29th, 2018 ·
Our discussion of the limits of historical materialism raises the issue of what is driving history, that stolid cliché.
But a study of the eonic effect shows a much broader view is needed because there is clear evidence of an historical driver in a distinct macro effect.
Nothing in WHEE actually states a theoretical finding that the eonic effect is driving history, as such. It is clearly driving an ‘evolutionary’ or developmental process on a global scale. But the eonic model distinguishes ‘stream and sequence’ aspects and it could even be claimed that the eonic sequence is superimposed on a set of streams that have great if not greater momentum. If we look at the outcome of the Axial Age in the Occident we might well claim that medievalism overcame the whole effect of the Axial driver. But that’s the whole point: the next transition in the macro sequence restores much that had been lost! But even so the basic influences did remain in some form. The analysis must distinguish the Axial Age and Christianity/Islam two subdrivers as it were. The eonic model also points to the ‘econostream’ and the ‘technostream’, as economic and technological histories. So the question of what drives history is complicated.
It would useful to try and consider the question of class struggle in this context. But much of class struggle is implicit until it is made explicit in the ideology of Marxism (well, almost…) We need to reask the question: what is the place of class struggle in history in
the context of the eonic effect? Much of the Marxist data just might fit into the model. A look at the English Civil War makes clear that democracy/communism (along with Quakerism, religion) were part of the ‘Blob’ of issues moving in and out of conjunction. It’s the effect of the Glorious Revolution that made liberal democracy an upper class non- democracy, the bourgeois revolution….)
Let us note that the ‘discrete freedom sequence’ in the eonic model (the suspected recursive appearance of democracy in the macro effect) suggests an implicit version of class struggle in the question of the definition of democracy: the point was lost that communism with an axiom of equality deriving a Commons is really an aspect of that sequence and that overall the eonic model has a core meme of the ‘evolution of freedom’. It is clear that the net equivalents of class analysis and class struggle fit easily into the eonic analysis…
Meanwhile climate catastrophe threatens to be the next kind on the block as a driver of
(the end of) history