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PostSubject: End of History   Tue 13 Apr 2010, 3:26 pm

Reading through all the elite-double-speak, what Fukuyama is talking about is that we are now at a point where the current system, and those in charge of it, are too powerful to be challenged. Hence, end of history means that there will be no more substantive changes to the control structure, and the "last man" refers to the fact that there are no longer any independent thinking men left who are able to challenge this system, let alone see it for what it is and understand its controls.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_History_and_the_Last_Man

"What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Fukuyama

Fukuyama is best known as the author of The End of History and the
Last Man
, in which he argued that the progression of human
history as a struggle between ideologies is largely at an end, with the
world settling on liberal democracy after the end of the Cold War
and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Fukuyama predicted the
eventual global triumph of political and economic liberalism:

What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the
passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of
history as such... That is, the end point of mankind's ideological
evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the
final form of human government.


He has written a number of other books, among them Trust: The
Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity
and Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the
Biotechnology Revolution
. In the latter, he qualified his
original 'end of history' thesis, arguing that since biotechnology
increasingly allows humans to control their own evolution,
it may allow humans to alter human
nature
, thereby putting liberal democracy at risk. One possible
outcome could be that an altered human nature could end in radical
inequality. He is a fierce enemy of transhumanism,
an intellectual movement asserting that posthumanity
is a desirable goal.

In another work The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the
Reconstruction of Social Order
, he explores the origins of social
norms, and analyses the current disruptions in the fabric of our moral
traditions, which he considers as arising from a shift from the
manufacturing to the information age. This shift is, he thinks, normal
and will prove self-correcting, given the intrinsic human need for
social norms and rules.

In 2008 he published the book Falling Behind: Explaining the
Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States
, which
resulted from research and a conference funded by Grupo Mayan
to gain understanding on why Latin America, once far wealthier than
North America, fell behind in terms of development in only a matter of
centuries. Discussing this book at a 2009 conference, Fukuyama outlined
his belief that inequality within Latin American nations is a key
impediment to growth. An unequal distribution of wealth, he stated,
leads to social upheaval which in turn results in stunted growth.[1]

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