The Rise of Populist Nationalism with Francis Fukuyama

Hear from Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, as he discusses the rise of Populist Nationalism.

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  1. So are established democracies failing because of stagnation or are new democracies failing because of lack common interest. This is the same guy who 5 years ago stated that China will not dominate the world. When democracies are subject to the will of the people both the new and old forms of democracy will succeed. Democracy and capitalism are incompatible, and until the backward thinking republicanists among us understand that fact, the rocket ship shall remain off course and headed to the bottom.

  2. It's an interesting analysis but unfortunately replete with straw men as is often the way when people want to attack Nationalism. Misrepresenting your enemy makes him easier to attack.

  3. I would argue that in the particular case of the US, the brand of populist nationalism is more of a nationalist fundamentalism. the idea not that we should attack and dismantle institutions, but that we have in fact strayed too far from the principles that created those institutions. The political class no longer cares about representing it's population, but it's donors, news institutions no longer care about reporting news, but promoting political agendas, fueled by the same moneyed interests as the political class, and that the governmental institutions themselves have become corrupt and need to have the clock turned back, or need to be cleaned up.

    The US has, as a nation become increasingly more Bureaucratic in the past century, at an accelerated rate, especially since the mid 20th century. We expanded government in every direction, with agencies for every little thing. most of the Governmental structures we take for granted today, came from this period. NHTSA, CIA, DHS, TSA, the list goes on. And so we have a massive government, that over time has, with the rise of Neoliberalism, which has led to the stagnation and destabilization of the American middle class, (very much attempting to reverse their gains since the Industrial revolution, while on the surface, pretending to do the opposite- eg: platitudinous legislation on "rights" in regards to ethnicity, race, sexuality, minimum wage, etc )

    And so a lot of the Nationalist populism in the US is basically about promoting your own country first and foremost. taking care of your own tree, and trimming it's branches, which have grown out of control, while you've been busy ceding your yard's space to other trees, and neglecting your own.

  4. I would argue that Fukuyama is being rather one-sided in his view of the populist figure as an inherent threat to society's institutions. He is correct about the importance of institutions within society. However, I also consider the overall goal of all institutions as the common good of society.

  5. USA is an oligarchy not a democracy due to the viable influence of the lobby system on the mass population. The elites are basically bartering about which interests gain influence in the political system.

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