Our mission

Something came before democracy. Something comes after it. And that’s no small point: the last time democracy was lost, it was not found again for eighteen centuries.


Our vision is to halt the cycle of revolution while democracy prevails.


To that end:


Our mission is to advance the knowledge of Anacyclosis, the cycle of revolution.


In furtherance of that purpose, our current priorities are to:

  • Educate and influence public opinion through publications and symposia
  • Initiate an interdisciplinary dialogue of scholars in relevant academic fields
  • Correlate the diffusion and concentration of wealth with that of political power
  • Demonstrate the relationship between democracy and the middle classes

  • The entire sequence of Anacyclosis is evident in the histories of the Latin-speaking and English-speaking peoples.  The earlier phases of the sequence can be seen everywhere else.

    Our task is much greater than simply tracing the wheel of history, however. Anacyclosis is essentially the social sciences’ “theory of everything”. It is as neglected and obscure as it is manifold, also drawing upon the disciplines of politics, geography, sociology, psychology, ethics, rhetoric, archaeology, economics, classics, anthropology, linguistics, demography, and law. 

    Uniting these disciplines together in a universal model of historical recurrence, expressing universal causes of political change, has never been done before. But we must improve this science if we dare to avoid repeating the mistakes of our past. For, mankind won’t stop spinning its wheels in the realm of government and political society until it first perceives them and knows why they spin. Such is a daunting task, but it can be done.


    And you can help us do it.


    If you believe in our vision and our mission and if you want to know how you can help, there are many things you can do.  You can:

    • consider our philosophy.  Anacyclosis is as relevant today as it was when Polybius first discovered it, and John Adams later described it. But we have refined it.
    • tell others about us.  Anacyclosis remains obscure, but seems to be slowly gaining mainstream attention.  Share your knowledge. Help popularize Anacyclosis faster.
    • tell us what you think.  Let us know what you think about our philosophy, mission, and activities. Don't be shy. 
    • talk about us on social media.  This will spread the word fast, which is important: the middle class is rapidly declining, patronage is rapidly growing, plutocracy is rapidly ascending, and democracy is rapidly deteriorating.
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    • make a financial contribution.  Donations will only be used to operate The Institute and advance its mission.    


    Any contribution you can make - no matter what it is or how big or small - will be very much appreciated.  In any case, we thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  

    Note:  Update: September 16, 2014: The Institute has received confirmation of tax-exempt (501(c)(3) (public charity)) status from the IRS.  The Institute will post its determination letter from the IRS shortly.  Contributions will only be tax-deductible, if at all,to the extent permitted by state and federal tax law.  The Institute does not make any, and it hereby disclaims all, certifications, representations, or warranties pertaining to tax matters of any kind.

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