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Chapter 1: The Clash of Techno-Politics
The end of the Cold War seemed to be signalling the beginning of a new era of peace and prosperity. The fall of the Soviet Union promised the eternal reign of liberal democracy and free markets. Francis Fukyuma proclaimed the ‘end of history’, where all major political and economic questions were answered now and forever. He declares:
What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. (Fukuyama, 1989: 3)
Politically, it seemed that ‘Pax Americana’ ...