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what does the eonic effect/model say?…//How to change the course of human history | Eurozine

March 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: How to change the course of human history | Eurozine

This is a fascinating article which I read this morning very rapidly: needs more study but overall it is grist for our mill here with our non-standard macro model of developmental civilization. This model has always admitted the lack of evidence of the earlier periods and only really gets underway with the rise of Egypt/Sumer and the first ‘transition’ ca. 3300 to 3000BCE, followed by the next two in the ‘complete’ model. But clearly the model suggests, but does not prove that the later eonic effect has two earlier component eras, from ca. 8000 BCE, and from ca. 5500 BCE. Why stop there, isn’t there another transition 2400 years before 8000BCE? Looks like it, a proto ‘agricultural’ phase, the Natufian…We simply don’t know if we can stretch this dynamic back into the Paleolithic, but it would seem that the rise of civilization is driven by a macro effect in the last ten thousand years, in seven phases and this takes the form of the eonic progression. This pattern makes a lot of sense:

the rise of civilization is really a series of relative transformation in a sequential and matrix/parallel series. The Axial Age shows the clearest example: a massive parallel effect in a larger sequential series. There is a lot to say here as a foundation, but let us deal with the issue of inequality: again, it is hard to answer without more evidence but the idea of state of nature, Rousseau, replaced by class societies doesn’t quite work: the macro effect shows induced trends toward equalization at each phase, if we can posit that early Sumer, beside the monarchical Egypt, had an early set of democratic experiments. It would seem that ‘slavery’ was still inchoate here and that in the millennia after this slavery became endemic in the occident. In the Axial period we see a clear injection of a democratic idea and experiment, as the idea of freedom emerges in a Greek version, next to the republican experiments of the Greek city states, including the Roman republic. We also see the onset of a set of great religions which clearly suggest ideas of spiritual equality.
We see that the issue of inequality depends on the timing: after the Axial interval there is a disastrous decline into the medievalism of the west…
Then, once again, associated with the macro phase we see a renewed trend toward equalization, democracy, and revolutionary re-foundation. This process is never fully successful and the birth of ideas of socialism attempt to create economic equality in the context of political equality. Note the case of the English Civil War: the idea of equality emerges rapidly but never quite makes it as the system becomes a mixed hybrid, with a renewed class basis, and parliamentarian pseudo-democracy.
We can see then the clue to present disequalization: the induced macro trend toward equalization is being coopted by a regressive phase, which we seem to see as underway already in our own times.
This is a very different picture from that of historical sociology: we can’t really generalize across the whole of world history: it is complex interplay of what we call the ‘stream and sequence’ effect: the difference between induced macro effects and the ‘let go’ of micro streaming periods. The evidence suggests that in the wake of the modern transformation the system will be taken over by neo-barbarism, inequality, and authoritarian ‘medievalism’ of some kind. That is not a prediction and there is no inherent reason why this should happen. Everything about this system suggests that with the birth of the modern revolution men will attempt on their own to intervene and re-equalize the degenerating system in question. But, as with the bolshevik failure, that could lead to a new class structure. We need to define what we aim to create as a system, and this must carefully define a system in question and its economic basis…
There is a lot more to say here, but this snapshot is a start…

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