Francis Fukuyama and Yascha Mounk Wonder, Is Democracy Finished?

| July 4, 2022 | Leave a Comment

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Date of Publication: May 13

Year of Publication: 2022

Publication City: New York, NY

Publisher: The New York Times

Author(s): Joe Klein

By Francis Fukuyama
Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure
By Yascha Mounk

The philosopher Francis Fukuyama is probably best known for a misinterpretation of his work. His 1992 book, “The End of History and the Last Man,” was assumed to be a statement of fact rather than the description of a process. He has been defending himself ever since: “The word ‘end’ was not meant in the sense of ‘termination’ but ‘target’ or ‘objective,’” he wrote in 2019. The Soviet Union had collapsed; Marxist collectivism wasn’t the “end” of history. Liberal democracy was. Fukuyama thus committed the sin of optimism, a dicey destination for a serious thinker. In his new book, “Liberalism and Its Discontents,” Fukuyama acknowledges that we’re in a rocky patch on the road toward that “end.”

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