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History is on our side - CinemaDave

Sep. 11th, 2006 09:22 am History is on our side

The following words were written by THOMAS P.M. BARNETT, tom@thomaspmbarnett.com
and this is his blog; http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/

"Remember, the Cold War didn't end with World War III but with 3 billion new capitalists joining the global economy. We were never ahead in that war either, but clearly we triumphed in everything else.

Since then, as our model of markets begetting democracies has spread around this Earth, we have encountered new resistance with each age.

First came the Marxists, who thought they'd strike when capitalism reached its inevitable collapse - as the fascists did later in Weimar Germany. Then it was the Bolsheviks who retreated in history to find a pre-capitalist Russia where they could wage their socialist revolution. Then the Maoists retreated further into the pre-industrialized countryside to trigger their peasant revolution.

And now we have al-Qaida's Salafi jihadists, whose back-to-the-future fantasy involves hijacking Islamic societies all the way back to a pre-economic, 7th-century "good life."

The more we explore this planet's future, the more our enemies retreat into its past."

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