The end of history? Ha!

For it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity to neo-evangelize in the name of the ideal of a liberal democracy that has finally realized itself as the ideal of human history: never have violence, inequality, exclusion, famine, and thus economic oppression affected as many human beings in the history of the earth and of humanity. Instead of singing the advent of the ideal of liberal democracy and of the capitalist market in the euphoria of the end of history, instead of celebrating the ‘end of ideologies’ and the end of the great emancipatory discourses, let us never neglect this obvious macroscopic fact, made up of innumerable singular sites of suffering: no degree of progress allows one to ignore that never before, in absolute figures, have so many men, women and children been subjugated, starved or exterminated on the earth.

Jacques Derrida in Specters of Marx (1993)


Jacques Derrida

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About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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3 Responses to The end of history? Ha!

  1. moelarrythecheese says:

    Sounds like a bunch of hooey.

  2. moelarrythecheese says:

    And never before have there been so many freakin people on the Earth – Einstein!

  3. So what? The point is capitalist liberal democracy has not resolved the issue! Sure in the West it might sometimes appear that ‘we’ve never had it so good’ but the consumer lifestyles of the West are almost entirely dependent upon the exploitation, both historic and contemporary, of the third world, where millions of men, women and children are being subjugated, starved or exterminated on a daily basis – often by regimes maintained directly by the government of the USA – Harpo!

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