Electoral triumph does not mean total victory

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Stewart Sweeney

The triumph of Boris Johnson may prove to be a Pyrrhic victory (20 December). Indeed, the first 20 years of this century might well be seen as a dark age of such Pyrrhic victories by the defenders of the capitalist status quo.

The evidence of history, however, suggests that the increasingly unfettered combination of growth, global heating and the multiple inequalities of capitalism is both dangerously volatile and unsustainable.

The defence of current economic and business models and rejection of modest reforms means that the pressure for change is mounting. In time that pressure will explode, and there will be no going back.

The result may be not merely a new and better variety of capitalism but a whole new economic order. Capitalism is not for ever.

Stewart Sweeney, formerly of Dumbarton

Adelaide, South Australia

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