The eonic model provides another way to see this debate: the hopeless confusion gets even more hopeless if we backtrack to what should be included in the debate, the emergence of democracy in ancient Greece. The eonic model is tricky and needs a certain amount of study: it is a two-level model with macro and micro levels: here’s the point, tricky but unavoidable: The model distinguishes macro and micro levels, as ‘system action’ and ‘free agency’: democracy’ emerges as macro in ancient Greece and then follows its micro realization. We see the emergence in tandem of the ‘freedom’ concept as such, ‘eleutheria’. We see the emergence of ‘system’ aspect with Solon, followed by the (delayed) emergence of democracy but coexisting with slavery. (Solon was in reality one of the first (almost) abolitionists, but his formulation was soon swallowed up.
So, the first great democracy in world history (I am always reluctant to proclaim ‘first’: Sumerians were usually the real firsts). The Athenians spoke eloquently of democratia, oblivious to the social foundation of horrific slavery.
It seems as though the macro process must start somewhere no matter if the outcome is a scrambled result and the modern recursion seems like it got it right but was still a more or less scrambled result.
Re: [marxmail] GOP Still Wants to Pretend the Preservation of Slavery Wasn’t a Major Reason for the American Revolution – CounterPunch.org You mean the 1619 Project. I have no problem with an…
Source: An interesting thread at Marxmail: Re: [marxmail] GOP Still Wants to Pretend the Preservation of Slavery Wasn’t a Major Reason for the American Revolution – CounterPunch.org You mean the 1619 Project. – 1848+: The End(s) of History