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Anacyclosis, Act 3: The Rise and Fall of Democracy

What causes the rise of democracy? What precipitates its fall? And what can anacyclosis tell us about the…

Anacyclosis, Act 2: The Rise of Republics

Abstract: In the previous post, we discussed the difference between the first two stages of anacyclosis, viz. monarchy…

Anacyclosis, Act 1: From Monarchy to Tyranny

How are democracies born? What causes their rise and eventual demise? And why are they so historically rare?…

How Do We Save Democracy?

Key Takeaways: 1. At the start of the Revolution, America’s middle and northern colonies were the most egalitarian…

Do We Even Have a Middle Class Anymore?

One of the few remaining issues today that people across the political spectrum agree on is that the…

America Is Sick of Democracy

Would you like to see your political opponents exiled? Imprisoned? Or worse? If so, congratulations. You’re ahead of…

One Word to Rule Them All

On November 30, 2018, the Raleigh News & Observer ran an abridged version of the post below, entitled…

Why an Ancient Theory?

When people encounter our work on the life-cycle of democracy and the theory of anacyclosis they often ask…

Thomas Cole’s Vision of Anacyclosis

You may have recognized some of the artwork interspersed throughout this site as being from Thomas Cole’s iconic…

Five Years Later: Looking Back on Our Research Statement

The text below is the Institute’s original statement on the purpose of its research program, written in 2014…