Progress, Process, and Dead White Males

Well-thought examination of modern power-structures and a concise explanation of the Dark Enlightenment’s discovery that hereditary monarchy has benefits.

iParallax

[Going to tie a few seemingly unconnected thoughts together here.  Buckle up.]

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In middle school, I had a history class that began with some historiography.  We learned about different ways history had been portrayed and understood.  The gist was that the Great Man Theory of history, in which powerful, capable individuals were the force which led their peoples to their destinies, was outmoded.  In its place, modern historians looked at historical events as confluences of many events, situations, conditions, etc, and this was more scientific, accurate, and meaningful history.

Tied into this was discussions of variations on the theme of divine right to rule, of which I remember precisely three concepts: traditional Western divine right, and the Chinese concepts of Mandate of Heaven and Filial Piety.  These tied back into the historiography in that these three concepts provided socio-religious explanations for a certain power structure, just as…

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