Interview: The End of History Is History

Source: Vox
by Sean Illing

“Francis Fukuyama is easily one of the most influential political thinkers of the last several decades. He’s best known for his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man, which arrived on the scene as the Cold War was ending. Fukuyama’s central claim was that liberal democracy had won the war of ideas and established itself as the ideal political system. Not every society around the world was a liberal democracy. But what Fukuyama meant by declaring it ‘the end of history’ was that it was only a matter of time. The claim made a big splash. Now, 30 years later, Fukuyama’s written a new book called Liberalism and its Discontents. It’s both a defense of liberalism and a critique of it. It does a great job of cataloging the problems of liberalism, but also argues that liberalism is still the best option there is.” (06/07/22)