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It's The End of History - again

At least according to an article by Guy Sorman, summarising his speech to the Asia Foundation.

"Globalization's very existence limits the temptation for aggression among rogue dictators; globalization is bad for these dinosaurs, their end is near."

....

"The losers are the authoritarian rulers, not the people. Let us mention an easy and convincing demonstration: in a closed world, rulers were accustomed to print money in order to finance their whims. The victims were the people ruined by inflation. Today, inflation by State fiat is impossible; the people would demand a more reliable currency. This is the way globalization works. Because of globalization, it has become impossible to rule a company, a country, a church, or even a family by decree".

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"we are closer to peace than at any time in the history of mankind; we are immediately aware of any armed conflict or repression anywhere in the world and the so-called world community quickly reacts, slowing down the process of violence. Military violence still exists, but it remains local and very often contained, even in the Middle East; major wars do not occur any more and probably they will not".

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"Against economic protectionism, it can easily be demonstrated that globalization has generated sustained world growth that benefits billions of individuals. Huge masses emerge from poverty through the free market. Mass poverty is actually disappearing, except in those parts of the world, like Africa or the Arab Middle East, which are not yet economically globalized".

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"According to World bank statistics, the year 2006 was the first in the history of mankind when all nations did grow thanks to global free trad
e" (Probably not Zimbabwe. C)

There's a whole lot more, and it is well worth the read. The key difference between Sorman's 'End' and Fukuyama's would seem to be that Sorman does not take liberal democracy's victory as being a given.
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Anonymous K. Popper (ex of Croydon) said... 10:14 am

I was vaguely aware that Mr F*k*yama had abandoned his prediction. After a very interesting consultation of Wikipedia, I see he's an ex-neo-con. I never knoo he was neo-con in the 1st place.  



Blogger Reliapundit said... 4:02 am

fascinating.  



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