Here is some thinking that you might find interesting. Remember, history rhymes but doesn’t repeat.
Here’s a simplification of the historical pattern of Reformation. Think of it in terms of the global Capitalist system:
- Universal system.
- Compliance and participation enforced by violence.
- Bureaucratic and lethargic. Corrupt and unfair. Hardship and misery.
- Loss of legitimacy.
- Challenged by reformers. Corruption exposed.
- New technology unleashes a cacophony of criticism.
- Reforms are rejected by the existing bureaucracy.
- New, competitive systems are launched.
- An exodus begins. People leave the old system to join the new.
- The old system fights back. It reforms itself.
- A fight ensues between the old and the new.
- Eventually a peace is achieved and a new era begins.
Note that a Reformation doesn’t mean complete rejection of the current system. It means a rejection of the existing implementation/hierarchy/rules due to corruption, failure, and injustice.