History, eonic evolution and democracy/socialism

The eonic effect is a descriptive time and motion study where Marx’s historical materialsism as ‘stages of production’ theory seems like science. But that is misleading. Marx tried to produce a ‘science’ of history based on economic epochs, a severe, possibly disastrous oversimplification.

The eonic model shows clearly that world history is too complex for a theory as science. Note that history/evolution is a janus pair, that a theory has to reconcile itself with a theory of evolution (but not be the same necessarily) and explain issues of society, politics, art, (history of) science, history as literature, religion poetry and rhetoric, etc….A short list. There is no way we can produce a total theory of all of that. And ‘evolution occurs over millions of years as ‘freedom evolving ( high level generic category)’ in the transition from animal to primate to hominids, etc.. We barely have enough evidence to even describe what a theory would have to explain. Note that art among other categories appears in nonrandom fashion with eonic timing. Therefore we have a machine that can induce ‘artistic’ periods, usually followed by a rapid fall-offs. Look at the Greek Archaic Age: we see a macro effect that can process early Hellenic epic (oral) poetry into a definite literature (directing) the so-called Homers to do so. The eonic effect is behind almost all the major innovations of world history in similar fashion and timing. We can tell all this because we see a nonrandom pattern, but our knowledge is not able to produce a scientific explanation of this set of effects which operate at least over ten thousand years or before from the Neolithic onward in a definite timed sequence that can obviously recall each of its discrete steps and focalize on given global regions on the surface of the planet we live on. This is only the beginning of a description. A theory is so far beyond us that we had best refrain. We have to study Greece, Israel, the Zoroastrians, India and its religions and China, because the eonic effect has not only a sequence but a parallel action. Note that economic issues are secondary and don’t generate the overall patterns. But let us note that both democracy and ‘utopian’ city models both appear in the Greek Archaic and that democracy shows a macro effect. It shows a system effect and then disappears slowly after the fifth century. In modern times democracy and socialism appear in a related macrosequence suggesting that the two are in a complimentary position, rather than as opposites. The point was obvious to the early socialists: democracy, ‘real democracy’ (their term), should be socialist as to equality and liberty, etc… Marx and Engels well understood the point but somehow they later got entangled in abstraction. They suffered the misfortune of trying to climb out of Hegelian quicksand. The more you try the deeper you sink, apparently. And then they reacted and fell into early ‘scientism’ or Newton imitation.
There is no science here in the usual sense: the dynamic can process facts and values, verboten in reductionist causal science.
I think Marxists have to become born-again neo-socialists and consider again the category of ‘real democracy’ as used by the early socialists. The distinction of utopian and scientific is less useful. We need explicit models, not theories. Note that physicists have a theory but in practice they deal with systems too complex such as the three body problem. So they track things with incremental approximations.

Our ‘democratic market neo-communism’ is such an effort to produce ‘real socialism’ and is balanced with related categories (socialism, democracy, markets, planning) brought into conjunction rather than as opposites…

Decoding World History ED1_dwh1x This is the most tricky kind of argument using the eonic effect but its indication is important, but only after careful study of the eonic model. The point is the d…

Source:  Modernity, the eonic effect and revolution – 1848+: The End(s) of History

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