On the outside, it looks like Francis Fukuyama is doing a bit of backpedaling. Not enough to change the conclusion he became famous for in ‘The End of History’, that with the dissolution of Soviet Russia the ideological game of liberal-democratic capitalism vs. communism was over. That would be much too far!
However, the man that was right in behind Reaganism and the Bush 1 and Bush 2 presidencies is beginning to back away from these affiliations. He told The Guardian that he voted for Obama, and plans not to register with the Republicans this election year. Possibly he will even register with the Democrats!!
Unfortunately, someone needs to better inform Frankey-boy. For a man that has built his career on political-punditing, he does not seem to have grasped the fundamental nature of American politics. It doesn’t matter if you ride the donkey or the elephant, you’re still going to the same place.
You see, Francis, hun, it’s not about where the democracy is, it’s about where the money is. In many parts of the world, people are still fighting for their basic right to self government, and it’s sweet of you to say you support them. But in the rest of the world needs to fight too, because your 'liberal-democracy’ has not given us freedom. Even in countries not shackled by a redundant two-party system, the claws of capitalism are dug deep into our skin, and no political platitude will make us less able to feel them.
I’ll readily admit I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know what to replace capitalism with, or how to go about it. But I do know that our aim should be to at least start thinking about it, and not sit around congratulating ourselves on a job well done.
Go ahead, vote Democrat. See if I care.