Re: Socioeconomic change (Was: "Fortune"s of "war")

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sat Oct 06 2001 - 17:24:51 MDT

> > > I wonder if Francis Fukuyama's thoughts on the industrial-postindustrial
> > > transition in _The Great Disruption_ would be applicable here? What
> > > happens when the paradigm shifts occur more and more often, so that the
> > > system has not the time to settle down?
> > I have only begun to read his work thanks to this reference.

You're welcome. Let's hear it for "tangents". ;)

What happens will be perceived as chaos, possibly even as "acts of war" by
some who are illprepared. In a few cases, they might even be right, even if
for the wrong reasons--i.e., the emergent techs being promoted by oppressors.

A 7th-century Golden Age, as some other worthies have already pointed out,
leads to interesting conclusions regarding "modern" culture.

Do you remember those test questions "X is to Y as P is to ..."?

If X is {the taliban} and Y is {Western Civilization 2001}, then if
   P is {Western Civilization 2001}...

Solve for "Q".

Now do you see what I was driving at? Not deep, perhaps, but relevant.


Think "DICKS" == diplomacy, integrity, courage, kindness, skepticism.

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