Class Wars from 1945 to the Present
Like the Great War, the Second War produces a most unsatisfactory outcome
for the elite of the “Western” World, namely a triumph of the Soviet homeland
of revolution and the resulting need to introduce even more democratic reforms
— symbolized by the term “Welfare State” — in many countries, and to grant
independence to most colonial possessions. Once again, the elite resorts to war to
undo these gains for the revolution and for democracy: the Cold War. This conflict
leads to the implosion of the Soviet Union and permits “rolling back” many of the
social services of the Welfare State. And the subsequent War on Terror, de facto a
permanent and worldwide form of warfare, makes it possible to increasingly limit
the rights and freedoms of denizens of the “Western” world — as had already
happened during the Great War of 1914–1918 . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.