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Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point

Added 04-06-20 09:34:02am EST - “Every era gets the infectious diseases?"and the resulting political upheaval?"it has coming.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Since U.S President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban went into effect, thousands of Iranians have been separated from their families in the United States.

U.S. officials are preparing Americans for another tough week of coronavirus deaths, as official tallies creep up to 10,000.

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In A.D. 1377, the Arab scholar and retired statesman Ibn Khaldun published his famous Preface to the study of world history. His aims were not modest. Ibn Khaldun’s wide study and even wider travels had led him to conclude that there were universal laws of social dynamics, and he intended to use his book to lay out an all-encompassing theory of human civilization.

The most original contribution of his Preface was the concept of asabiyyah, or group solidarity. For Ibn Khaldun, the basic pattern of human history was the dynastic cycle, the rise and fall of civilizations, and asabiyyah—the sense of common purpose and social cohesion—was the source of power that allowed collective action during the growth phase of a dynasty or civilization. Yet, in turn, success and prosperity acted to undermine the sense of solidarity that had allowed one group to rise to power. Thus, civilizations corrupted inevitably and from within.

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