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Thursday, 10 November 2016

The End of History — or why Trump suggests Fukuyama was right

We don’t often agree with Brookings’ Shadi Hamid, but on this one? Well, let’s just say that (a) one of us was devastated reading Francis Fukuyama’s paper “The End of History” (pdf) in grad school and imagining there would be no massive world events to cover on the scale of the Second World War, 1968, Viet Nam, the Cold War, etc and (b) now, after 15 years of calling this amazing country home, wonders whether the End of History as Fukuyama defined it might not have been a bad thing. Eternal thanks to R.S.T. for the introduction to the paper in the first place.

Hamid’s tweet: The final paragraphs of @FukuyamaFrancis‘ "End of History" make for a fascinating, prescient read 27 years later.

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