28 November 2003
The ‘evil empire’ is no more. The end of an era and the start of a new one? Not exactly, as the events of the past decade or more testify, for whatever one’s views of the Soviet Union and the various socialist ‘flavours’, it can hardly be said that the world is either a better or safer place now that they’re no longer with us. If anything, the world has been shunted back in time about a century, to the era of unbridled greed and the chaos of unrestrained capitalism, to a period before the advent of socialism. The critical difference being that rather than ‘gunboat diplomacy’ enforcing capital’s reach, the world is now held to ransom with the threat of nuclear Armageddon unless the world tows the line.