The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century

The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1844679632

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From 9/11 to the Arab uprisings and beyond—encompassing the economic crisis, war on terror, rise of China and tide of change in Latin America—The Revenge of History turns the orthodoxies of the past generation on their head.
 
In this coruscating account of the first decade of the twenty-first century, Seumas Milne presents a powerful indictment of a US global and corporate empire in—and its British and European camp followers. Milne traces the breakdown of a failed ‘free market’ system, exposes the power and resource grab driving western military interventions, explains the dynamo behind a roaring Chinese economy and highlights the social alternatives being developed in Latin America. Brilliant, bold and always incisive, The Revenge of History is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand what has gone wrong—and grasp the possibilities of an emerging future.

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industrial-scale torture and death squads, and killings of Afghan civilians by rampaging Nato troops. Nor, of course, is what US diplomats write necessarily true. But beyond the dispatches on Prince Andrew’s crass follies and Colonel Gaddafi’s ‘weirdness’, the leaks do paint a revealing picture of an overstretched imperial system at work, as its emissaries struggle to keep satraps in line and enemies at bay. Much has been made of the appalling damage supposedly done to the delicate business of

Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly voted to condemn the ‘crimes of totalitarian communist regimes’, linking them with Nazism and complaining that communist parties are still ‘legal and active in some countries’. Now Göran Lindblad, the conservative Swedish MP behind the resolution, wants to go further. Demands that European ministers launch a continent-wide anti-communist campaign – including school textbook revisions, official memorial days and museums – only narrowly missed the

commitments, stretching back into the 1980s, to accept the West Bank and Gaza as the limit of Palestinian national aspirations. But even he now concedes, ‘Time is definitely running out for the two-state solution.’1 (24/1/04) The resistance campaign is Iraq’s real war of liberation Where are they now, the cheerleaders for war on Iraq? Where are the US Republican hawks who predicted the Anglo-American invasion would be a ‘cakewalk’, greeted by cheering Iraqis? Or the liberal apologists, who

be pursued on its own merits. But given the extent to which Palestine has become a focus of global Muslim grievance, it has also become a necessity for international security. And the failure of Western leaders to confront the crisis in a remotely even-handed way is now a threat to their own people. The most dangerous delusion of our time must surely be the notion – trotted out by all manner of public figures, from George Bush to Clive James – that Islamist terror is motivated by hostility to

scandalous increase in inequality under New Labour. As the full impact of this crisis makes itself felt, the question of who pays the costs of the bankers’ folly is bound to become sharper. The truth is that the current argument about spending cuts and the deficit is the wrong one. It entirely ignores the central issue of the market failure that brought us to this pass or the social outrage of, say, the ballooning pay gap between executives and their workforces spelt out in the Guardian’s

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