The 'End of History' Revisited | Francis Fukuyama

Frank Fukuyama’s 1992 book “The End of History and the Last Man” had profound and lasting impact with its declaration that science and technology, the growing global economy, and liberal democracy are leading history in a quite different direction than Marx and Hegel imagined. In this revisit to those themes, Fukuyama examines conflict with and within Islam, the need for a diffuse form of global governance to deal with problems like climate change, and the deeper implications of biotechnology.

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  1. The End of History was doomed as an academic study. It is not universal knowledge based but clearly western educated. Liberal democrazy? No, you left out "Meritocracy" as first practised by Singapore – a small nation state but a powerhouse of eficiency, Oh, then there is Gordon Chang still forcasting the "downfall of China"!!! China is presently a "liberal socialist with chinese characteristic" practising what Singapore has taught Deng Siew Peng. As for the western nations, "too many heads spoil the soup" for their democratic kitchen!

  2. I love to hear this guy's point of view since it allows me to understand how people like him think, but he seems to be incredibly dismissive of criminal and oppressive forces. Does he at some point face the analogy of what happens when in a room with 100 people 1 person with a gun robs them? Just because a population is larger or richer doesn't mean they have either the means or the will to free themselves.

    Also, I keep looking at the date, amazed that this guy stated these things only a few months ago. China is the second most powerful country in the world in terms of GDP, yet they are involved in three different genocides in Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjang. They have concentration camps and employ slave labor. They do random blood tests on their own citizens to test for compatability for their live organ harvesting program. Their billion dollar public works projects are rife with corruption. How is it possible that anyone can say that China is anywhere near a democracy? Fukuyama says wait 20 years and then ask him? What is happening in China today should be incontravertible proof that wealth does not produce democracy.

  3. "'The End of History' Revisited" was given on June 28, 02007 as part of Long Now's Seminar
    00:00 – Introduction
    02:44 – 1st , cover the misunderstandings from reading comprehension
    02:56 – Then discuss 4 objections
    03:36 -Objection 1 : Confusion in reading comprehension of writings of Islam
    03:43 -Objection 2 : Lack of International collective democracy
    03:51 -Objection 3 : How modernize away poverty
    03:59 – Objection 4 : Technology
    04:01 – What was THE END OF HISTORY & THE LAST MAN about?
    04:20 – Islands of Papua New Guinea < < undeveloped – – Spectrum developed – – Japan > >
    05:18 – IS development purposed or Accident?
    06:07 – Basically a theory believed by intellectuals about modernization
    06:32 – The pre-1980s believed end of history would be communist
    07:25 – A modest thesis : We will exit the development train one stop early
    07:42 – The various written UNIVERSAL HISTORIES
    08:28 – Enlarge the story . . . 10,000 years
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  4. Adorno thought too (maybe where he is coming from there) that education will eliminate wars, but did education arrested violence, no, in WWII a lot of people didn't know how to sign their name today they all do have elementary, highschool at least but it didn't make an expected difference;

  5. I think that Fukuyama’s hypothesis is incorrect because of an unforeseen weakness in liberal democracies. Give it 20 years as he said and you will see more and more of these weaknesses exposed. It’s not because authoritarian modernizers have some sort of hidden resilience.

  6. feedback loops which proclaimed liberals disdain when they don't serve for their welfare? another pessimism is china's development under authoritarianism won't be long term?

  7. Oh, now U know U were wrong…NOW the big media won't give a shit about what Fukuyama is saying, because It won't help the big conglomerates this tims


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