The Rise and Fall of the Meritocracy? By Toby Young
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. And so Chodorov set out to do something implausible: to rework the Nock book in his own style. Rothbard wrote of this book: "Frank's final flowering was his last ideological testament, the brilliantly written The Rise and Fall of Society, published in , at the age of The Old Right, of which Chodorov was a last survivor, had died out, so there was no one to promote this work.
It is amazing that it was published at all. But thank goodness it was! The book is short pages but pithy and enormously powerful. Indeed, for a book so overlooked, the reader will be surprised to find that it might be Chodorov's best work overall. Certainly it is suitable for classroom use, or as a primer on economics and society.
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He argues that the ultimate sign a civilization has broken down is when the dominant minority forms a Universal State , which stifles political creativity. He states:. First the Dominant Minority attempts to hold by force - against all right and reason - a position of inherited privilege which it has ceased to merit; and then the Proletariat repays injustice with resentment, fear with hate, and violence with violence when it executes its acts of secession.
Yet the whole movement ends in positive acts of creation - and this on the part of all the actors in the tragedy of disintegration. The Dominant Minority creates a universal state, the Internal Proletariat a universal church, and the External Proletariat a bevy of barbarian war-bands.
He argues that, as civilizations decay, they form an "Internal Proletariat" and an "External Proletariat. He argues that as civilizations decay, there is a "schism in the body social", whereby abandon and self-control together replace creativity , and truancy and martyrdom together replace discipleship by the creative minority.
He argues that in this environment, people resort to archaism idealization of the past , futurism idealization of the future , detachment removal of oneself from the realities of a decaying world , and transcendence meeting the challenges of the decaying civilization with new insight, as a Prophet. He argues that those who transcend during a period of social decay give birth to a new Church with new and stronger spiritual insights, around which a subsequent civilization may begin to form after the old has died.
Toynbee's use of the word 'church' refers to the collective spiritual bond of a common worship, or the same unity found in some kind of social order. Researchers, as yet, have very little ability to identify internal structures of large distributed systems like human societies, which is an important scientific problem. Genuine structural collapse seems, in many cases, the only plausible explanation supporting the idea that such structures exist.
However, until they can be concretely identified, scientific inquiry appears limited to the construction of scientific narratives,  using systems thinking for careful storytelling about systemic organization and change. History includes many examples of the appearance and disappearance of human societies with no obvious explanation. The abrupt dissolution of the Soviet Union in the course of a few months, without any external attack, according to Johan Galtung was due to growing structural contradictions brought on by geopolitical overreach, which could not be resolved within the existing socio-political systems.
Although a societal collapse is generally an endpoint for the administration of a culture's social and economic life, societal collapse can also be seen as simply a change of administration within the same culture. Russian culture would seem to have outlived both the society of Imperial Russia and the society of the Soviet Union , for example. Frequently the societal collapse phenomenon is also a process of decentralization of authority after a 'classic' period of centralized social order, perhaps replaced by competing centers as the central authority weakens.
Societal failure may also result in a degree of empowerment for the lower levels of a former climax society, who escape from the burden of onerous taxes and control by exploitative elites. For example, the black plague contributed to breaking the hold of European feudal society on its underclass in the 15th century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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