After the downfall of the Soviet Union, the German reunification, and the democratization of Eastern Europe it was thought that this wind of change would submerge all of the world’s problems behind it. It was thought that this would be the “End of History”.
Democracy, economic liberalism, free trade and finally a new moral authority given to minorities was supposed to definitely create a New World Order where anybody who would concede efforts would gain his life decently with tremendous freedoms.
This Utopia Didn’t Last
First of all, the myth that economic liberalization would lead to political liberalization and democracy was simply proved wrong by China. Who maintained Communist Rule, became the first global economy and destroyed a lot of jobs in the West.
After that, the West tried to bring democracy the hard way, in the Middle-East this time. If the promotion of the American way of life wasn’t enough, the military option would solve the problem. After an imperial war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq that destabilized the whole region and woke extremism, the west still didn’t have enough promoted democracy. So they overthrew Gaddafi’s Libyan state. By doing so, they plunged Libya in the chaos that would cause massive migration to Europe.
Migration crisis in Europe was again sold as a chance to humanity, a chance to prove that we outlasted our errors from the past and finally reach the final stage of mankind, which is complete protection of human rights and minority rights, notwithstanding if those who ask for them actually belong to European societies. Of course, anybody that would remind that national border exists for a reason would be deemed as a racist, and anybody that would ask for integration would be deemed as a xenophobic. Anybody who asked if terrorist could hide in migrants would obviously be an islamophobic. The rest is history.
The west could have stopped itself. The west could have let Gaddafi and Saddam rule their countries, it didn’t because human rights are universal. It could have stopped the migration crisis by defending its border, it didn’t because of human rights obligations. It could have asked for a more serious integration, it didn’t because of human rights that protect minorities. It could have stopped itself from repeating the errors of the past, the biggest one.
When a political system is unable to reform itself and change the direction it has taken, even if this system promised a better future, it will just face a bitter return to reality. The greatest dynasties outlasted history itself by simply knowing when to stop itself from a dangerous path and dodge a terrible fate.
The west wanted to learn from the past. It wanted to rise from the ashes of the World Wars and the Cold war and finally see mankind outlast its worst deeds. A world without violence, without tyranny and without borders. All of these chains of the former order would have been, like Scorpions sing in Wind of Change “buried in the past, forever”.
By wanting to answer to everybody’s individual request and needs, the west failed to answer to basic collective needs and rights. By wanting to build a new world order where human rights and economic liberalism would have prevailed, it has forbidden itself from changing the path it has taken.
Even if this system is politically still alive, only a few people are still waiting for the brighter future it sold 3 decades ago. And when the dream shatters and break down, you know it’s the beginning of the end.