Opinion Analysis

Saturday 24 June 2017

The West has lost control and disaster awaits

We're on track for a crisis and our problems all go back to the Great War, writes Bruce Anderson

Adolf Hitler in 1931
Adolf Hitler in 1931

Bruce Anderson

As we look forward to the World War I commemorations, three stark conclusions are hard to refute.

First, that in the course of this century we will need a great deal of luck to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. Second, that the Enlightenment has failed. Third, that this can all be traced back to the Great War.

As a result of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, it seemed that mankind might make a decisive break with the scarcity and oppression that had characterised previous eras.

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