End Of History? Not Quite

A visitor to Moscow would be immediately struck by the fact that an otherwise dull Kremlin now seduces one to break the sound barrier in a mike, rediscover one self on a Compaq or simply feel Warner in a Pringles. If this is not enough then there is always Chairman Mao in Tiananmen Square calling upon workers and peasants to not only carry forward the revolution but also gulp down a Sprite, while they are at it. Numerous more examples abound from the Adriatic, so what does it all signify? Is it truly the end of History? Do we now see a time when a matter of ideology is drinking a Coke or a Pepsi? Closer introspection would reveal that it is not quite so.

Let us begin by noting that the world has not got rid of or minimized the areas of conflict. From the more recent Israeli- Palestinian clashes, to the problems in Chechnya, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, parts of Africa etc. The war on Terror has brought Afghanistan and Iraq into global focus. Tensions persist on one form or another and have the potential to assume more enormous dimensions at any time. Closely related to this point is the fact that there are vast areas of the globe that were, in a sense left behind in time: parts of the middle-east, chunks of Africa and Latin America and especially Afghanistan are regions where modernity as we know it has failed to penetrate let alone reach a critical mess to iron out medieval tensions and propel the inhabitants towards growth and self realization. Such geographical pockets are breeding grounds of what may seem outdated, yet in fact extremely potent ideologies and movements. These regions are not merely trouble spots of the world meant to be fumigated at will by the forces of modernity in their multi-billion dollar corporate avatars but are in fact pointers towards more serious matters. Namely how does one reconcile the difference between the majority of the human population that is battered by pressures of war, disease, hunger, natural calamities, apathetic rulers, poverty and ignorance everyday, and those who suggest that the panacea of all evils is to watch more movies, guzzle more beers drink more colas, and Just Do It?

Tied to the above factors is the fact that all over the world maybe in the countries themselves, the so-called engines of globalization seem to be acquiring local hues and colours as they clank. Be it the fact that fast food giants serving local cuisines, global television channels beaming programmes in regional languages or giant corporations trying to be more uniform global system, driven by the forces of profit and loss seems to be weakening.

If Bill Gates came to Hyderabad to sell his Windows XP, an Indian has moved to Redmond to design it for him. As a result America is browning and in a decade from now, the white man would be a minority on his island. Immigrants are no longer poor Italians, Irish and Jews sailing to their land of opportunity in claustrophobic ships but are in fact an important constituent of the demographic profile of every western country. Over the years these Patils and Changs have emerged as significant pressure groups in the government of their new homeland, and it is only with a passage of time that we will realize the full impact of these movements of migrants on the history of mankind.

Equally significant has been the revolution in the fields of science and technology. We are today witness to a rapid advancement in communication, especially information technology and networking. The world is increasingly shrinking to become one global village. One development in one part of the world soon affects the life of people in other parts of the world. Say for instance, oil production. If Saudi Arabia or any of the major OPEC nations decide to cut production, even if it is a marginal cut, oil prices shoot up and political climate can change. A country's might and political clout now depends not just on sheer military power but also on the scientific potential. The case of India is ample proof of this and how different countries are analyzing its strategic importance in the 21st century. But here too there is a need to wait and watch as to how these developments affect history and its march forward.

Lastly, the world is seeing new ideologies and movements which cannot be simple bracketed as 'right' or 'left', 'privatization' or 'nationalization' and so on and so forth. Whether it is farmers in France preventing the development of genetically modified seeds, truckers in Britain blocking highways to protest against high fuel prices, Germans screaming 'Inder Statt Kender', Indians debating the merits of secularism or Americans calling for a ban on abortions and greater acceptance of gay rights, it all shows that each day new issues will present themselves before people and governments. These issues will remain just as pressing and significant even if they will not essentially involve tanks breaching iron fences or iron curtains.

To conclude briefly, all over the world, it seems newer forces are emerging and are yet to make their full impact. Therefore, far from it beginning the 'End of History', we have just managed to plough through the first few chapters and many more await us.

About The Author

NAME: MITHUN BHATTACHARYA
ADDRESS:
A/3,Institute of Economic Growth,
Delhi University Enclave,
Delhi- 110007
INDIA
TELEPHONE: +91-11-27667598, 27667665
EMAIL: [email protected]; [email protected]
DATE OF BIRTH: 16th of January 1980

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

CNN

GOP senator on Trump, state of politics: 'We may have hit bottom'
CNN
Washington (CNN) GOP Sen. Jeff Flake gave some of his harshest criticism of President Donald Trump to date in a commencement speech Wednesday to Harvard Law students, where he shared his concerns for the integrity of politics in the United States.

and more »

Commentary Magazine

Politics, Not Paranoia
Commentary Magazine
It's understandable that cynicism has become the default approach for average Americans navigating the political environment. Interpreting events as the product of a raw power contest rather than a clash between competing principles is not only simpler ...

and more »

CNN

North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, calls Pence 'political dummy'
CNN
Choe called Pence a "political dummy" for comparing Libya to North Korea. She noted that Libya's nuclear program was in its early stages when it came to the negotiating table, while North Korea has spent years developing its nuclear weapons. "As a ...
The Trump/Kim Jong-un coin is terrible design–and worse politicsCo.Design (blog)
North Korean envoy: VP Pence 'a political dummy;' says US can meet at table or 'nuclear showdown'MassLive.com

all 1,889 news articles »

The Atlantic

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Thou Shalt Not Block
The Atlantic
-Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking). Today in 5 Lines. A federal judge ruled that it's unconstitutional for President Trump to block people from his Twitter account. After more than a year-long delay, Trump's ...


Pacific Standard

The Triumph of Trump's Law and Order Politics
Pacific Standard
After all, Trump has staked his political messaging on his role as a "law and order" president, and the uptick in ambush killings of police officers in the post-Ferguson years certainly helped make extra protections for police a pillar of his campaign ...

and more »

The Cut

Stacey Abrams's Win Is Just the Beginning
The Cut
And turn out they did. With 76.5 percent of the vote, Abrams's sweeping victory in Georgia's democratic gubernatorial primary provides an opportunity for all of us to learn new lessons about what's possible in politics today — and gives us all some ...
Stacey Abrams's Georgia primary victory is the latest win for black political organizingVox
Plot twist: Stacey Abrams, trailblazing Georgia politician … and romance novelist?NBCNews.com
Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making HistoryNew York Times
CBS News -CNN
all 699 news articles »

Los Angeles Times

Essential Politics: In California's primary for governor, it's a race for second place
Los Angeles Times
The poll shows Californians are strongly supportive of the Affordable Care Act and unfriendly to Republican politicians who voted to repeal it, while they're largely opposed to the new tax law and less likely to reelect their member of Congress if he ...

and more »

Pacific Standard

Single Mothers Are Having Their Moment in American Politics
Pacific Standard
Since the last presidential election, there's been a surge of women, single mothers included, driven to run at local, state, and federal levels, according to EMILY's List, a political action committee that advocates to elect pro-choice Democratic ...


Cokie Roberts On The History Of Women In Politics
NPR
And we put them to Cokie Roberts, who joins us to take your questions about politics and other government work. Hey there, Cokie. COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. INSKEEP: First question here about the so-called year of the woman. SCOTT ARIAS: ...


New York Times

Whites' Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse America ...
New York Times
As the country heads for a time when no group makes up a majority, the change may affect white attitudes in far more than racial and economic matters.

and more »
Google News

News Media Misguided or Just Plain Liars?

Last week, the media coverage called the airplane crash in... Read More

FTC Franchise Disclosure Law Invites Violations; Do Not Call Lists

The Federal trade Commission has a rule, which says that... Read More

Lets Call A Spade A Spade

Much of our personal and cultural perspective on the world... Read More

Rants by Lance: BRAC Committee Talks Irrelevant Completely

It is amazing we have so many men, who belong... Read More

Let us Disband The FTC?s Franchising Division

Previously Senator Dick Armey and his staff in 2000 to... Read More

The Absurdity of the Public School Monopoly

The notion that local governments should have almost total monopoly... Read More

Are We Really Getting Along?

When you look at the news, immigrants are dying trying... Read More

Lyndon Johnson - The Day After Dallas

J. Edgar Hoover and LBJ used to enjoy watching Hoover's... Read More

Carl von Clausewitz On War

For anyone who wishes to become an armchair General in... Read More

Why the United States just doesnt get the United Nations

For years I have been amazed as I've listened to... Read More

Howard Deans Big Fat Mouth

"The only time I open my mouth is when I... Read More

The Protocols of Sion #1

There is a lot of debate about who made the... Read More

Bosnia - An Economy in Search of a State

Bosnia-Herzegovina (heretofore "Bosnia") is an artificial polity with four, tangentially... Read More

Bushs Election Victory: Ethics, Morality and Religion Defeated War, Economy and Foreign Policy

President George W. Bush has unofficially won his re-election bid... Read More

Federal Trade Commission and Dismal Performance on Mergers

Most citizens agree that we need the Federal Trade Commission... Read More

Regulatory Hooey Protects Us From Our Own Health

Legislation is getting legs to further curtail your use of... Read More

Ronald Reagan is Right

Why is it that every single thing government does; it... Read More

Foreign Spies Troll Gay Bars in Washington DC for National Secrets

The use of homosexual men in the area of espionage... Read More

Wealth Distribution and Inheritance, What Will They Buy? Cars

Wealth Distribution is often discussed at length in periodicals such... Read More

Just War

In an age of terrorism, guerilla and total warfare the... Read More

Kudos For Monsanto Company

I applaud Monsanto for their R and D. I would... Read More

Lost and Found in Gaza

The evacuation of Gaza is now completed, and the world... Read More

Make Plastic Out of Corn

Here is an interesting thought; Corn to make Plastic An... Read More

Gasoline Prices Going Through the Roof

OH MAN!Here we go again. I guess now the "proof... Read More

Liquidity or Liquidation

Large parts of the world today suffer from a severe... Read More