New book coming: Last and First Men: 1848+, Capitalism, Communism and the End of History, the promised compation to Descent of Man Revisited. The ‘1848’ theme is appropriate for discussions of the ‘end of history’.
As we noted already today, Kuttner picks up on the 1848 theme (we have a whole blog at redfortyeight.com named after this theme). And WHEE is built around this symbol of the ‘great divide’: 1848: End of Eonic Sequence?
The year is important, resonant, in the eonic model because it is rough endpoint of the modern transition. All the revolutions of the early modern succeeded, more or less, but the 1848 era instead created a project for a potential future, communism via socialism; it makes sense: the ‘revolution’ against capitalism can’t occur at its birth, but will come later. The figures of 1848 sensed this, but couldn’t quite credit their insight. Now we can see the point with devastating clarity. The prophecy as to capitalism is coming to fruition, we suspect, and so the echoes of 1848 are most appropriate.
The date has an almost ‘absolute’ significance because, via the eonic model, we see as the point where macroteleology dislodges from ‘stream history’: the next revolution is what we must bring to history, if we can stop being conned by neo-cons like Fukuyama.
Kuttner picks up our 1848 theme…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/fiscal-cliff_b_2386291.html
Four years ago Barack Obama prepared to take the oath of office as a Democratic president, at a moment when free market ideology and Republican incumbency were disgraced by events. But a year that should have marked the end of the laissez-faire fantasy and the resurgence of effective government instead began an era of muddle through.
I have often quoted the British historian A. J. P. Taylor. Speaking of the revolutionary year in Europe, 1848, when democratic revolutions broke out only to be crushed, Taylor observed, “It was a turning point of history, but history didn’t turn.” In many respects, that also describes 2008.