Friday, January 20, 2017

The End of History and the Last Man

The End of History and the Last Man is a 1992 book by Francis Fukuyama, expanding on his 1989 essay "The End of History?", published in the international affairs journal The National Interest. In the book, Fukuyama argues that the advent of Western liberal democracy may signal the endpoint of humanity's sociocultural evolution and the final form of human government.
What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.
On the day that Donald Trump is sworn in as President of the USA, I can't help but wonder if Fukuyama F ever feels embarrassed about coming up with such a load of old tat; ditto, the Arab Spring, another more recent liberal fantasy.
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