I was in my history class a few days ago, and the teacher said something that I think everyone here would appreciate, and see the validity of. Basically, it was this: New ideas (like those by Marx, Protestant Reformation, the prelude to the French Revolution etc) lead to Revolutions (enacting the new ideas), which leads to war and chaos between the new ideas and the old. This in turn leads to more new ideas.
Examples: Protestant Reformation:
New ideas: Protestantism
W&C: 30 years war, Hapsburgs vs Germany etc.
New ideas: Enlightenment, Capitalism
Revolutions: American Revolution, French Revolution, South and Central American revolutions, Industrial Revolution
W&C: Napoleonic wars, Spanish American war, War of 1812, Lower living standards in industrialized countries, American Civil War
On and on
Basically, the cycle is:
New ideas > Revolutions > War & Chaos / New ideas > Revolutions etc.
Using this, I would analyze our modern world as the War and Chaos Following the advent of Communism and Totalitarianism and Dictatorships, and I predict that with the internet as an aid, there will be major movements on Government, Economy, and Social Structure upcoming. The CS might even be the result of these.
What do you think?