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
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.