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4.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling synopsis of societal changes in the 20th century., 17 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: The Great Disruption (Hardcover)
Fukuyama does it again. As we enter a new millennium and reflect on our own experiences of the twentieth century, his intellect shines like a beacon, illuminating the profound shift in societal norms during our recent lifetime. Building on the foundations of classical western philosophy, he expounds the writings of Plato and Aristotle, interweaving them with writings of modern exponents of political science to produce a compelling, concrete picture of the factors responsible for 'The Great Disruption', arguably the most recent of fundamental changes in social order. Expanding on ideas first conceptualised in 'Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity', Fukuyama succinctly highlights the rise of individualism within our society and associates falling collectivism and levels of trust with the changing role of women in the workplace, the impending 'technological revolution' and our changing disposition for spontaneous association. This book engages your head, not your heart and is compelling for the intellectual 'assault course' it challenges you with. If you have any interest in reconciling the recent changes that have occurred within the very fabric of our society with the mutable threads of human nature, I thoroughly recommend this book. A future classic.
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