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The centrally planned economies that were constructed to embody Marx’s vision of communism have nearly all been swept away, and the mass political movements that Marxism once inspired are no more.

Yet Marx’s view of globalisation lives on, and nowhere more vigorously than in the writings of Thomas Friedman. Like Marx, Friedman believe that globalisation is in the end compatible with only one economic system; and like Marx he believes that this system enables humanity to leave war, tyranny, and poverty behind.

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