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The term I used for pre-modern was "traditional". Pre-modern is also a good term. Your concept of control, though, goes back to the Pharaohs. They could direct the efforts of the entire society for their benefit and for the benefit of the society. This is the concept of "society as a mega-machine" as put forward by Lewis Mumford.

I believe that what distinguishes the form of control that exists now in the USA from that exercised by the Pharaohs is the transformation of the relationship between the economy and the society in which it operates from one in which the economy is an aspect of society and serves the society into one in which the economy and the presumptive rules by which it works are ripped from their social context and privileged over all other social rules to the extent that the society comes to serve the perceived needs of the economy. See Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jan 1st, 2011 at 08:40:07 PM EST
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