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  •  Fukuyama an ironic anti-neocon (0+ / 0-)

    His entire "end of history" thesis, in addition to being proven wrong by events engineered by his fellow travelers (he has had enough sense to disavow it), is in many ways the exact opposite of what the neocons want.  In his attempt to "prove" the inevitability of American hegemony, he postulates a world that has seen the final irrevocable triumph of liberal democracy, secular humanism, and free market capitalism - defended by a tireless, altruistic, and effectively omnipotent American empire - to the extent that there is no longer any basis for that empire to exist since there is no longer any motive for conflict between people.

    Right-wing "scholars" have been bemoaning the alleged collapse of civic and personal virtue in the face of bourgeois comfort for centuries: a long line of doomsayers wringing their hands at the prospect of impotent vestigial states full of fat and happy drones who care nothing for God, country, and personal honor, much less being ready and able to kill and die for them at the command of a king who embodies those virtues.  The post-historical future - the land of Neitzsche's "last man" - will be a sort of spiritual death of humanity: no more heroes, no more Faustian striving for what we cannot have, etc.

    Thomas Friedman's "world is flat" thesis can be thought of as a shiny happy version of the same post-historical condition: where politics, religion, and culture fade into irrelevance as we're all too busy making money and having fun.  Sense of Self and Other become untenable through exposure (the internet, mobility, immigration, etc.) and physical interdependency.  Objective and universally valid science defines our collective reality and leaves little or no room for dividing ourselves along arbitrary moral or ideological lines.

    Never attribute to stupidity what can be adequately explained by malice; stupid people couldn't hurt us so effectively.

    by Visceral on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:12:23 AM PDT

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