The End of History and the Last Man Paperback – 28 Jan 1993
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In 1989, Francis Fukuyama began an explosive debate about the future of the world in the post-Cold War era with an article entitled "The End of History and the Last Man". This seminal book expands on his original work to address the fundamental and far-reaching themes of the new millennium. The result is nothing short of an historical and philosophical primer for the onslaught of the 21st century. 'In the mastery and scope of its case, "The End of History and the Last Man" may be seen as the first book of the post-Marxist millennium - the first work fully to fathom the depth and range of the changes now sweeping through the world' - George Gilder, the "Washington Post".
About the Author
Francis Fukuyama was born in Chicago in 1952. His work includes America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy and After the Neo Cons: Where the Right went Wrong. He now lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and children, where he also works as a part time photographer.
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This is not a praise to capitalism and profits, as some people think. It is not an economic textbook, nor a mere political science book. Rather it is the struggle of the rational man Vs the beast and the irrational man. It is Liberal Democracy Vs totalitarianism and illiberal ideologies of every kind. For, it is evident that capitalism and surplus may well exist in regions that suppress human rights or having a bad record on freedom of speech. But it is only in liberal democracy that human dignity is respected. Human rights and equality are better protected in a “universal” way in liberal democracies.
Fukuyama sought arguments from the greatest minds of all time: Plato, Hegel, Immanuele Kant and Nietzsche. Fascinating, from “the battle for pure prestige”, “the Universal and Homogeneous State” to “Men without chests”. And you don’t have to be an academic or a political analyst to read it. Do not miss it!
Capitalism should, of course, never be confused with Democracy - but as the author points out both ideals seem to be the most compatable with human nature, therefore the dominant ideologies... for now!
The end of History ? No THE text pointing us to a new era - definately!!
A must read for anyone with a wish to broaden their political, philosophical or historical horizons and frankly who doesn't!?
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