The issue of progress depends on a model of historical evolution, which doesn’t exist in the current confusions over evolution, next to religious or theological ‘myths’.
One can only recommend a study of the eonic effect and its model to see that the issue of ‘progress’ is bound up in the dynamic in question: a discrete series effect that clearly shows the way ‘progress’ can slow and come to a stop for centuries at a time: witness the rapid advances of early classical antiquity followed by the slow but steady decline in the occident followed by the collapse of Romanism and the medieval interval. Then, just as suddenly what we call modernity takes off in the sixteenth century for a rapid transition to the world we live in now. The model shows: transition as macro effect (1500 to 1800, rougly), divide (1800), change in character of rapid advances as ‘system dynamic’ passes into ‘free action’. There is no guarantee the latter can maintain the mainline of advance or persist with the innovations in place. Note that the issue of democracy is bound up in this dyanamic.as in two cases ‘democracy’ shows a macro boost, in the first case, Greece, damping out and then disappearing for millennia. We can suspect from the example of antiquity with its ‘divide’ ca. 600 BCE that the free agency replacing the macro dynamic is in trouble within two centuries. Sure enough in the modern case two centuries after 1800 in the US at least a kind of chaotification is setting in, eerily on schedule. There is no inevitable fate here: the whole point is to pull oneself together and bring free agency by itself to the task.
It would help to study this overall picture, but in the total confusion created by Darwinism and wrong theories of evolution it is very difficult to prevent academic or scientific institutions from falling into a funk, as they have on evolution. In the current situation there are no real social resources to correct the confusion over history.
A long and thorough study of the ‘eonic model’ along with the rising chorus of dissent on Darwinism, but without the religious propaganda on the right, can reorient thinking and show how the modern ‘progress’ effect emerges in the context of a larger dynamic…Almost all the effects of progress (as a dynamic of advancing civilization) are correlated with the eonic sequence.
This kind of model requires organized study but the current confusions of academia require independent study alone.