Nancy Gish wrote:
> Dear Carrol,
> But I do not think I see clearly what point you are making about
> capitalism. You seem to have shown how all times and institutions were
> violent. How does that fit?
I was rejecting the title of Caudwell's book -- Studies in a Dying
Culture. The point about capitalism is that it does not _decay_; that it
does not become decadent. It always renews itself. (I wasn't commenting
on whether that was "good" or "bad" but merely observing it as a
feature.) And Eliot seems (if not in TWL) in _East Coker_ to be assuming
an organic metaphor for culture (birth, maturity, death):
The time of the seasons and the constellations
The time of milking and the time of harvest
The time of the couplings of man and woman
And that of beasts. Feet rising and falling.
Eating and drinking. Dung and death.
Tributary social orders can (and do) decay, capitalism cannot.