Ralph Miliband




The New World Order and the Left

Given the disintegration of the Soviet Union, an altered world order came into beign, with some significant new features. The “market economy,” capitalism, took command of the field, on a worldwide scale and there is now no effective counterweight to U.S. and Western predominance in international relations. Yet the present-day predominance of forces dedicated to the maintenance of the status quo should not be allowed to obscure how real are the forces committed to the transformation of the status quo. The end of Communism may mark the end of one historical epoch, but it also marks the beginning of a new historical epoch, in which the Left, inspired by a vision of democracy and social justice, will grow in confidence and strength. It is no exaggeration to say that a decent future for humankind rests on that growth.

left, the, international relations, capitalism, socialism, reformism

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 23, Nos. 1-2 (1996): 14-20


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