Greg and Mike end their review of the Cold War by diving into the overwhelming intellectual and ideological impact of the Cold War, including its impact on the organization of higher education, cultural discourse, and the horizons of political possibility. With greater conceptual clarity in hand, they then more precisely cleave social democracy from democratic socialism.
Greg and Mike explore the Cold War from the perspective of the East, describing how it turned into a nightmarish dictatorship but also how the American (or Western) view of that dictatorship developed. They then turn to further discuss the actual ideological and political battles, particularly as waged in the ‘Middle West’—grappling with a legacy of fascism much larger than Germany and Italy—and the ‘Third World,’ ending on some of the surprising legacies we can see today.
The study of capitalism and socialism’s history begins with an extended consideration of what history is, and how it has been differently conceived over time—the history of history, which in some ways is also the history of capitalism. Greg and Mike explore this question to parse out the differences between a democratic socialist and capitalist perspective on history, to understand why it might be important to study history at all.