30 August 2011

Social calm

Disasters are disruptions of the established order. They challenge the ruling elites because they disrupt the social calm that is the ruling elite's claim to power. 
General disaster calls into question the legitimacy of the established order. Should the old order be replaced by something new and different, perhaps better, perhaps worse? Disaster is different from collapse, where the old order has been shown to be bankrupt and must be replaced without a doubt

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