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There are good reasons imo to trace the 'changes to the victors' back to WWII.  The logistic-based transmutation of American business and its management, starting in the Fifties, can be traced directly back to WWII problem-solving.

The other side of that coin was the European experience: "war is terrible, look at all these dead civilians - our neighbours".

The slow bifurcation of two essentially similarly-based cultures, is the theme of the last 80 years - let alone 30.

And, as you say, it is the impositions of 'victory' upon the winners, as much as the losers, that drive social change. (or maybe I am going too far with that thought?)

Think about that capitalist notion of slavery. A cheap energy resource for WASP expansion in the 18th C onwards. An historical  business decision that still echoes loudly  in North American culture - and unlikely to quiesce any time soon.

This is what has occupied my thinking in recent months: the asynchronous time cycles of different world-views. The quartal view, the career view, the 'when will I die' view', the 'when will christianity die' view etc etc.

We've never really had to think cosmically before, apart from a few hard to read philosophers. Education has to be that broad imo.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jul 6th, 2008 at 02:37:38 PM EST
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