The great medieval historian Ibn Khaldun was the predecessor of Spengler and Toynbee, analysing the rise and fall of civilisations as something regular and predictable. His preferred mechanism was the coherence and solidarity of the asabiyya, or ruling group; which started off lean and hungry, took over a territory from outside, went soft and finally yielded to the next lean and hungry parties. Ibn Khaldun was clear-sighted enough to ignore propaganda about the purposes and institutions of government and to consider politics in terms of the fluctuations of predator and prey populations. In this he was far wiser than we.

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 09:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE ENSLAVING MAMMAL, "Who Is This 'We', White Man?"

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