Chapter One: Is This Victory?

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‘It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.’

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

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Capitalism is victorious! Democracy is supreme!

But it doesn’t feel like it.

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the science-fiction century to end them all, it seems that Capitalism and Democracy have won a final and decisive victory, and that Communism has failed. Up until 1991 that victory was in doubt; but the fall of the Berlin Wall, torn down in 1990 by the very Germans it had been built to contain, was the first step towards the end of the Soviet Union, the largest and most influential communist political entity the world has ever seen.

These days, only five countries remain whose political system is labelled as communist: they are China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos, and Vietnam. Of these, only North Korea actually looks like a Communist state; China looks more like any other capitalism.

Yet all is not well. There is something uncomfortable about modern capitalism; it feels more like communism. And while democratic representation may be hailed by some as the supreme political system, it is a system that is hated by many; a system that many regard as having failed them. The ordinary, everyday people who are meant to be elevated by our system find themselves disregarded, restricted and persecuted by the very ideals they are expected to uphold.

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