The Darkness of Plagues and Authoritarian Imbeciles Can Force The Dawn of Better Societies

“Three previous plagues could yield some clues about the way Covid-19 might bend the arc of history. As I teach in my course 'Plagues, Pandemics and Politics,' pandemics tend to shape human affairs in three ways.

"First, they can profoundly alter a society’s fundamental worldview. Second, they can upend core economic structures. And, finally, they can sway power struggles among nations.” by AP and Israel Hayom Staff


The Antonine plague, and its twin, the Cyprian plague (A.D. 165 to 262):  Within a century of the end of these plagues Christianity replaced Roman paganism.

Plague of Justinian & The Fall of Rome (A.D. 542 to 755):  Medieval Europe and the reduced slave supply and agrarianism forced the replacement of Roman Empire slavery with Feudalism.   

Black Death of the Middle Ages (A.D. 1347 to 1351):  Massive Labor shortages,  urbanization, international trade, and the first small businesses replaced feudalism with capitalism over the next few hundred years and birthed the Renaissance.

Now we are in a forth plague that could “bend the arch of history” and “upend core economy structures."

- COVID19  (A.D. 2020 to ???): A new Renaissance led by Millennials and Zoomers could repair our failed systems.



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  • Charles Hailey
    published this page in Blog 2020-10-11 14:25:52 -0500
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