Francis Fukuyama shot to fame with a 1989 essay called "The End of History?" which he expanded into a 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man. His thesis was a reworking of the "end of ideology" argument propounded in the 1950s by Daniel Bell and others, with an even more emphatic twist.
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, articulates the idea that it is wrong to exclude any member of the human species from the circle of moral concern.
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Nearly 90 percent of the world's economy is fueled every year by digging up and burning about four cubic miles of the rotted remains of primeval swamp goo
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Today's troubles are real, but not ideological: they relate more to policies than to principles. The postwar order of mutually supporting liberal democracies with mixed economies solved the central challenge of modernity, reconciling democracy and capitalism. The task now is getting the system back into shape.
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Stagnating wages and growing inequality will soon threaten the stability of contemporary liberal democracies and dethrone democratic ideology as it is now understood. What is needed is a new populist ideology that offers a realistic path to healthy middle-class societies and robust democracies.
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Globalization is widening the gap between what voters demand and what their governments can deliver. Unless the leading democracies can restore their political and economic solvency, the very model they represent may lose its allure.
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Confidence in the dollar and the euro continues to falter, threatening the international monetary system.
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Three new books look at poverty from the bottom up, painting a vivid portrait of the lives poor people live.
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Intervening militarily to save lives abroad often sounds good on paper, but the record has not been promising.
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The world cannot let the March disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant scare it into forgoing the benefits of nuclear energy—a cheap, reliable, and safe source of electricity
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Jobs growth was slow in May, renewing pessimism about the U.S. economy.
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Is international humanitarianism an act of charity or an act of duty? In fact, it is both -- a gift we have to give.
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Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members have long maintained large oil reserves to limit volatility in oil prices.
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Is reducing the world's nuclear arsenals to zero possible, or even desirable?
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A decade on, the ICC is still trying to find its footing, thanks partly from the chief prosecutor's poor management and excessive ambition.
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The American version of capitalism is no longer dominant around the world.
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Do the tools of social media make it possible for protesters to challenge their governments?
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All previous attempts at total nuclear disarmament have failed, as strategic logic and state interest have prevailed over wishful thinking. A similar fate awaits Global Zero, the newest disarmament movement, for similar reasons.
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Thanks to technological advances, in the past few years, vast amounts of natural gas -- particularly shale gas -- have become economically viable.
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A new book by Ian Morris tracks the development of the East and the West over the millennia.
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