The Third Way: an Epitaph

The last half-century has seen the end of ideological politics in much of the world. First came the apocalyptic collapse of fascism as Hitler took Germany with him into a collective suicide. Fascism's demise was followed by the more gradual disintegration of communism after Stalin's death and Khrushchev's revelations of Stalin's crimes. The failed revolutions in Hungary in 1956 and in Czechoslovakia in 1968 foreshadowed the eventual failure of the Soviet empire in 1989.