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Who thought of the idea of "cycles of struggle?"

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I often hear people talk about 'cycles of struggle,' or 'deepening cycles of struggle.' I think this means that resistance movements tend to happen in clusters or waves, perhaps in response to specific historical crises, or perhaps just because one group or city or whatever will inspire/embolden several others, causing momentum to build.

I wonder if anyone can elaborate on this.  Who thought of this idea?  Were they talking about a specific set of events? Are there any strategic/historical implications I'm missing? (I'm guessing there are...)
asked Feb 12, 2012 by asker (9,280 points)
edited Oct 27, 2012 by asker

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It comes from Theorie Communiste and is basically the way they justify their periodisation of capitalism. It's a little more teleological/deterministic than how you understand it. Lo and behold, it's from this formulation that they've decided that communism has only now become possible(it wasn't back in the day, when it failed), how convenient!

http://libcom.org/library/concept-cycle-struggles-roland-simon
answered May 23, 2012 by Broner (1,040 points)
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