Posted BY: Christopher Chantrill

My apologies: I just caught up with Francis Fukuyama’s 2022 book, Liberalism and Its Discontents. So I spent the week blogging about it. The book was mentioned in a Quillette piece celebrating “Fukuyama’s Victory.” And I realized that I had never read any of his books, least of all his famous The End of History and the Last Man.

Since Fukuyama is a think-tanker at Stanford and was a professor at Johns Hopkins and George Mason Universities, I was interested to find out what a regime noble thought about current affairs.

Needless to say, classical liberalism — he means pre-French Revolution philosophy and political ideas — is the natural order of things. And so is its spawn of liberal democracy. But the “discontents,” from populist nationalists on the right and critical theorists on the left, are a real challenge. Right-wing populism is the bigger and more immediate threat, because

On the right, there have been efforts to manipulate the electoral system in the United States in order to guarantee that conservatives remain in power… [plus] use of violence and authoritarian government…

Trending: The Feds’ ‘Misinformation’ Scam

Sounds pretty serious. I think it might be a good idea for the FBI to set up a Foreign Influence Task Force to fight Russian collusion and maybe a National Election Command Post to instruct the Trust & Safety kiddies at social media how to fight misinformation and disinformation from the far-right.

Thanks, Matt Taibbi: now we know we already did that. What a relief!

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