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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3 responses to “The end of history? Ha!

  1. moelarrythecheese

    Sounds like a bunch of hooey.

  2. moelarrythecheese

    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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