Friday, November 20, 2009

Barack, Berlin and the End of Racism?

Berlin Wall Cartoon, originally uploaded by rbtenorio.

Twenty years ago, Communism crumbled with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The intellectual Frank Fukuyama called the fall of Communism “the end of history.” The Devil compares the historical moment of 1989 with that of 2008, when Barack Obama won the presidential election. Does the election of the first African-American president mean the end of racism in the US? Read more in the latest episode of “The Devil Made Me Blog It” – and feel free to weigh in on the debate!

1 comment:

carp said...

Communism crumbled with the Berlin wall?

ROTFL. It may have marked the begining of the end of one specific regime of totalitarian statist communism.

It didn't end totalitarian statist communism in china. It didn't end voluntary, non-statist communism here in the US (see "The Farm" community down in TN, who are still alive and well).

Its a nice symbol, and it was great for the people of Berlin, but... lets not overstate it. It was just a wall. They are still under the thumb of a state.