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The seeds of this presumed threat, by individualist forces against the socially and hierarchically established order, came from the past: they flower in the fifteenth, develop in the sixteenth, and veer off toward an eroding action in the seventeenth century. ' The crisis of individualism that I am trying to evoke would be intelligible as a step away from a system inspired by the first (community) toward another system inspired by the second (society)—without lacking traces of each of the two in both moments; furthermore, a social order never historically ends without seeking and empowering new community bonds.

For the time being, I am going to focus on, among other things, the possibility of change which very energetically serves as an impetus for the epoch's phenomenon par excellence: social mobility. This phenomenon, which is dealt with so extensively today, is at the center of the process of changes, although not to the same extent as in the dynamic society of our time, but with an incomparably greater frequency than was offered by the traditional society of the Middle Ages; such a process is found in all the Western European countries on the path leading to modernity.

I can really only assure you that it isn't one of the best, being a time of violence and hardship. . It is eternally famous for the great and strange revolutions that have taken place. . "73 Thus is it explained that in the epoch, as I have at one point indicated, an entire literature effective in repression would be developed in the service of the integrated groups. Among its cultivators would be the Tacitists (whom some of the conservatives accuse of being people who, instead, are writing to teach the possible means of insurrection to those who are revolting).

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