..a state is not the same thing as a society, although the Greeks and Romans thought it was. A state is an organization of power on a territorial basis.
The link between a society, whether it be made up of communities or individuals, and a state is this: Power rests on the ability to satisfy human needs.
Politicization means the expansion is slowing up and you are no longer attempting to achieve increased output per capita, or increased wealth, or increased satisfactions.. But you are doing so by mobilizing power. We have seen this going on for almost a century.. Increased militarization.
In its final stages the civilization becomes a dualism of almost totalitarian imperial power and an amorphous mass culture of atomized individuals.
.. We no longer have intellectually satisfying arrangements in our educational system, in our arts, humanities or anything else; instead we have slogans and ideologies. An ideology is a religious or emotional expression; it is not an intellectual expression.
Instead, there were a variety of controls of which some could be influenced by bankers, some could be influenced by the government, and some could hardly be influenced by either.
The traditional Christian attitude toward human personality was that human nature was essentially good and that it was formed and modified by social pressures and training.
Our society has so cluttered our lives with artifacts.. And organizational structures that moment to moment relationships with nature are almost impossible.
When the business interests.. Pushed through the first installment of civil service reform in 1883, they expected that they would be able to control both political parties equally.
Bolshevism presented itself as an economic threat to themselves at the same time that Nazism presented itself as a political threat to their countries.
A community is made up of intimate relationships among diversified types of individuals--a kinship group, a local group, a neighborhood, a village, a large family.
.. Controls on behavior shift from the intermediate levels of human experience (social, emotional and religious) to the lower (military and political) or to the upper (ideological). They become the externalized controls of a mature society: weapons, bureaucracies, material rewards, or ideology.
The very idea that there is some kind of conflict between science and religion is completely mistaken. Science is a method for investigating experience.. Religion is the fundamental, necessary internalization of our system of more permanent values.
The problem of meaning today is the problem of how the diverse and superficially self-contradictory experiences of men can be put into a consistent picture that will provide contemporary man with a convincing basis from which to live and to act.
.. The nineteenth century Age of Expansion.. Brought on an acceleration of the main focus of the activities of society.. From the areas of internal controls to the areas of external controls.. The increasing role of propaganda.. Helped create an impression of stability.