Anacyclosis is the cycle of revolution. It is a spring-loaded sequence of social change encoded onto our species. Both its cause and its course are anticipated by mankind’s ambition for higher status. The successive stages of this sequence are triggered and advanced by the diffusion of wealth. Monarchy is the original form of political society. Where a few accumulate enough wealth, aristocracy will arise. And where many accumulate enough wealth, democracy will emerge. The cycle will eventually run its full course wherever democracy becomes entrenched. But while democracy is a point of no return, it is not the end of history.
Although Anacyclosis describes the base sequence of social development, no society will rigidly follow any cycle. Countless accidents of history occurring within an extreme duration of time will obstruct and obscure its rotation. Some will thus come to doubt that there is any pattern to history at all. Nevertheless, over a long enough period of time, the cumulative effects of human nature will average out the random occurrences of chance. Just as the curvature of the earth cannot be seen from the ground, the wheel of history cannot be seen in a single lifespan. In both cases, we must step far enough back to obtain a wide enough field of vision.
This brochure summarizes the idea of Anacyclosis: What comes after democracy?
The Institute for Anacyclosis is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to the study of Anacyclosis, the preservation of democracy, and the welfare of the middle classes. Our vision is to halt the cycle of revolution while democracy prevails. Our mission is to advance the knowledge of Anacyclosis, the cycle of revolution. The Institute is named for àνακuκλωσις, the ancient Greek word for the cycle of political revolution. Our beliefs are inspired by the theory of Aristotle and the model of Polybius. The Institute was established 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Timothy R. Ferguson, after contemplating Anacyclosis for over a decade. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
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Timothy R. Ferguson, chairman and president. He is a corporate and life sciences attorney and graduate lecturer in biotech/pharma law at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He holds a BA in Political Science from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and a JD from The University of North Carolina School of Law. He founded The Institute in 2013.
David C. Gore, director. He is Associate Professor & Department Head of the Department of Communication at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He holds a BS in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Wyoming and an MA and PhD in Rhetoric & Public Affairs from Texas A&M University. David joined the board of directors in June 2015.
Izabella Kaminska, director. She is a writer for FT Alphaville and the Financial Times, focused on markets, central banking and financial technology. She holds an BA in Ancient History from University College London (UCL) and an MA in Journalism from the (then) London College of Printing. Izabella joined the board of directors in June 2015.
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