Exactly 20 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev dissolved the USSR, heralding what historian Francis Fukuyama was to famously call "the end of history".
Two decades later, the remarkable events of 2011 give the lie to Fukuyama's neo-liberal endism.
The Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the growth of political Islam in the Middle East and the decline of America's global economic dominance demonstrate that, rather than living at the beginning or end of history, we all exist in interesting times somewhere in the middle.
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