12Knowledge Lecture I1989

I’m always amazed, as a very old political journalist, at how little attention the media and the scholars pay to the truly important events of any period. And if you ask in retrospect, provided this planet survives 200 years hence, “What is the most important event in this century?” you will probably find some people who say the final demise of the utopian creeds with Marxism. And other people may point, and quite rightly so, to those horrible world wars. And there have been very few centuries in which there have been more refugees. And other people will look at the environment. But I think 200 years from now, it’s quite likely that the majority consensus will say, “This is the century with the most unprecedented, unexpected ...

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