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Or the cycle from poor & virtuous to rich & corrupt/decadent.
I've often thought that the 7-stages of governmental development & collapse are similar to 4 stage of familial progression.
The governmental cycle is called anacyclosis, and was first formulated by Polybius:
The political doctrine of anacyclosis (or anakyklosis from Greek: ἀνακύκλωσις) is a cyclical theory of political evolution. The theory of anacyclosis is based upon the Greek typology of constitutional forms of rule by the one, the few, and the many. Anacyclosis states that three basic forms of "benign" government (monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy) are inherently weak and unstable, tending to degenerate rapidly into the three basic forms of "malignant" government (tyranny, oligarchy, and ochlocracy). According to the doctrine, "benign" governments have the interests of all at heart, whereas "malignant" governments have the interests of a select few at heart. However, all six are considered unworkable because the first three rapidly transform into the latter three due to political corruption. The idea of anacyclosis influenced theorists of republicanism. Some of them, including Aristotle, Cicero, Machiavelli, Vico and Kant suggested that mixed government might help to stabilize republics and prevent permanent anacyclosis. Contents Polybius' sequence Edit Learn more This section does not cite any sources. Polybius' sequence of anacyclosis proceeds in the following order: 1. monarchy, 2. kingship, 3. tyranny, 4. aristocracy, 5. oligarchy, 6. democracy, and 7. ochlocracy. According to Polybius' elaboration of the theory, the state begins in a form of primitive monarchy. The state will emerge from monarchy under the leadership of an influential and wise king; this represents the emergence of "kingship". Political power will pass by hereditary succession to the children of the king, who will abuse their authority for their own gain; this represents the degeneration of kingship into "tyranny". Some of the more influential and powerful men of the state will grow weary of the abuses of tyrants, and will overthrow them; this represents the ascendancy of "aristocracy" (as well as the end of the "rule by the one" and the beginning of the "rule by the few"). Just as the descendants of kings, however, political influence will pass to the descendants of the aristocrats, and these descendants will begin to abuse their power and influence, as the tyrants before them; this represents the decline of aristocracy and the beginning of "oligarchy". As Polybius explains, the people will by this stage in the political evolution of the state decide to take political matters into their own hands. This point of the cycle sees the emergence of "democracy", as well as the beginning of "rule by the many". In the same way that the descendants of kings and aristocrats abused their political status, so too will the descendants of democrats. Accordingly, democracy degenerates into "ochlocracy", literally, "mob-rule". In an ochlocracy, according to Polybius, the people of the state will become corrupted, and will develop a sense of entitlement and will be conditioned to accept the pandering of demagogues. Eventually, the state will be engulfed in chaos, and the competing claims of demagogues will culminate in a single (sometimes virtuous) demagogue claiming absolute power, bringing the state full-circle back to monarchy. Origin Edit This theory was developed in stages by the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, but is mainly attributable to the ancient Greek historian Polybius. Polybius' explanation of anacyclosis is found in Book VI of The Histories.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacyclosis
This governmental cycle is supposed to be based upon civic virtue.
The familial cycle, has the phrase "clogs to clogs in 3 generations":
But I think it's more like 4 generations, so it should be:
* Oppressed & powerless peasant living in poverty -> 
* Their son/daughter is uneducated but inspired by povety to work hard, and climbs to middle class ->
* Their son/daughter gets an education & builds on moderate means of parent to become rich & powerful (e.g. Howard Hughes or Donald Trump) -> 
* Their son/daughter is decadent & lazy & squanders the fortune they inherit
* Their son/daughter lives in poverty

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Unfortunately, nearly all the diagrams are wrong, and show only 6 stages instead of 7.

There is actually a website and society for Anacyclosis. This is their revised summary.

https://anacyclosis.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Anacyclosis-Flye...

ANACYCLOSIS: ONE WORD TO RULE THEM ALL

  1. When scarcity prevails and humanity struggles to survive, people submit to the power of the strongest man.
  2. When the state attains security and stability, rulers derive authority from the approbation and loyalty of their subjects.
  3. When kings or usurpers abuse the people and violate custom, kingship degenerates into an oppressive tyranny.
  4. When the state’s leading men curtail tyranny and restore law and custom, tyranny is subdued by the aristocracy.
  5. When the leading dynasties oppress their own citizens, aristocracy becomes an oppressive oligarchy or plutocracy.
  6. When a middle class obtains political rights for its military or fiscal contributions, alongside oligarchy emerges democracy.
  7. When the state attains military supremacy, its plutocrats siphon the world’s wealth, plundering citizen and foreigner alike.
  8. When the state’s middle class collapses, the people rally behind demagogues who denounce plutocrats and foreigners.
  9. The demagogue who ends the civil strife returns political society to some form of monarchy, thus completing the cycle.
  • RULE BY THE STRONGEST
  • RULE BY KINGS
  • RULE BY TYRANTS
  • RULE BY THE NOBILITY
  • RULE BY THE WEALTHY

The history of most states is confined to the events described above this line. Most states in history have not advanced below this line because most states have not developed an independent middle class.

  • RULE BY THE MIDDLE CLASS
  • PLUTOCRACY STRIKES BACK
  • GAME OF DEMAGOGUES
  • RETURN OF THE MONARCH

Democracy is historically rare and when it emerges, it comes in waves, as was seen in Classical Antiquity and in the modern West. Once democracy is entrenched in an autonomous state, the cycle will run its full course.

And to think that Rome survived as a State for over 700 years, in many different permutations. 

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