Essay The End Of History, By Francis Fukuyama

1006 Words Aug 19th, 2015 5 Pages
History is Endless
It wouldn’t be outlandish to contend that the world today is wholly different than that of a mere twenty-three years ago. Francis Fukuyama, renowned political scientist, political economist, and author, wrote his influential article, “The End of History,” in 1992. In the article Fukuyama predicted that the end of communism spelled the end of any form of political and economic organization alternative to that of democratic liberalism. Democratic liberalism is synonymous with a capitalist democracy, characterized by free markets, fiscal responsibility, and a liberal moral-cultural system. This system is controlled by a democratic political system that has majority support. Such a system is predominantly associated with the United States’ laissez faire economy. Fukuyama likewise asserts that the main challenges to western liberalism are communism and fascism. The world has changed extensively since the publication of this essay; as such, Fukuyama’s main contentions are now greatly debatable. In fact, democratic capitalism is not the only broad-based ideological vision that commands support throughout the world, nor are fascism and communism its main aggressors. In the modern world, socialist states, like China, have achieved widespread economic success, and terrorist organizations, such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS have proved most troublesome for the liberal west.
The economic success of modern China directly conflicts with Fukuyama’s ideas of liberal economic…

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