Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Evolution of Politics

Ξ October 24th, 2005 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |


      The tumultuous political events of the past decade or so have, among other things, compelled political scientists to rethink some of their long established concepts and analytical constructs. One example is "political development," a term which has traditionally been associated with the optimistic post-World War Two scenario in which "developing nations" were said to be following "industrial societies" into a final stage of "post-industrial" history that would, presumably, be permanently embalmed in stable democracy and some variant of the traditional "balance of power" -- or terror. That smug scenario has been deflated by a sequence of events which suggest that the modern nation-state may itself be a transient phenomenon, a stepping-stone on the way to something larger, or smaller, or both -- or perhaps neither."





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