Damn it feels good to be a Gangsta!
No Francis, we don’t forgive you! Experts depended upon for rational decision making assistance at the highest levels have habitually let us down and returned to academia for a sunny retirement while we’ve been damned with the consequences of their illusory brilliance. Fukuyama retracted most of what he professed early on but it doesn’t excuse him from promoting worship of government or his sermons dressed as political philosophy.
“The failure of communism and the disappearance of the Soviet Union has resulted in the victory of liberal democracy and capitalism. There are no more challengers. Security and freedom have been achieved, and consequently history has ended.”
1992 THE END OF HISTORY ignores the confusing events and details of most history and is more philosophical, even teleological, in its orientation. Fukuyama states that only liberal democracy and the market economy have satisfactorily provided what Plato claimed to be necessary for happiness: the appetitive (food and sex), the reasoning (knowledge and truth), and the need to be recognized as human. enotes
Wrong, wrong and that’s not what Plato meant…
“Number 1 Shoe-Shine Boss?“
Anyone old enough to remember 1992 as a consenting adult is aware the foundations of today’s police state have their beginnings in that era’s brand of porky pies that expanded potential for total-war globally. Playing to a Neo-Con audience was dead easy, Fukuyama used Bagwan Rajneesh technique, Tantric massage on the elite ego. He promoted greed as very good and power as divinely granted but anyone in the know knows the Cold War was a military-industrial scam so this hollow victory lap was ill advised to say the least.
The confusing events and details mentioned in the enotes are best summed up as things we suppose actually happened or maybe they didn’t. Controlled ‘news’ is without doubt a scripted narrative that uses more actors than one could imagine but the end bit about being ‘recognized as human’ is the nugget par excellence. Plato’s hypothesis concluded one needs to gain a good reputation as a man, the word human is a modern invention that delineates mankind as a sub-class of an animal species in legalese psychospeak.
What’s the real difference? Plato didn’t believe we crawled up from primordial slime, like Socrates, he saw man as a well of potential and devoid of iniquities with a glimmer of hope in self improvement when he behaved properly. That’s more elegant a theory than ranking people with strawmen of a lower animal kingdom and incidentally, Darwin never proved he was right. Everyone was exhausted from the decades long argument, took a break and a century’s worth of wonky textbook profits were banked by you know who.
Of Too Minds
Agreeing with half of Fukuyama’s arguments is like being half wrong twice but we at RMI wholeheartedly agree on his choice of title. Hardy wrote that; “History belongs to the man who can pay for it!” Repeal of Glass-Steagall was working it’s way through the legislative track at about the same time Fukuyama was pulling this boner. It broke the back of the financial system and America slid downward so it can’t afford to pay for much History anymore. Was he simply correct or did he know something that we didn’t?
Communism too has now transplanted and triumphed marvelously within USA Inc. and Fukuyama can’t deny his part in weakening the spirit of the Republic when he signed up with the Crazies to back Neo-Con madness. Intentionally or otherwise, the man was wrong about everything but perhaps that was the plan all along. We struggled to find the right word to describe this holier than thou toady and toyed with Dweeb but it’s defined in the Urban Dictionary as a ‘walking penis’; we came to bury Caesar, not praise him.
You are calling someone a walking penis. You are all dweebs because you did not know the origins of the word you thought you were defining. See urbtards.
Dweed will work (we made it up) it expresses a feeling and also accurately defines where the challengers to ultimate power that Francis claimed had disappeared from sight will spring from. It’s the ‘American people’ with emphasis on marijuana enthusiasts, they are the small entrepreneurs who could get the economy rolling again, pun intended. Andy Caffrey, a Californian running for Congress promises he’ll smoke a joint, right on the Capitol steps. Watch out though, Andy’s got a platform that prioritises battling the climate crisis, lucrative scams seldom die and it’s never been easier to spot a ringer.
The system Caffrey and Fukuyama endorse doesn’t allow adults to be inquisitive with their betters once they’ve achieved electoral success or university tenure. Being an apologist for oppressive benevolence has been a career builder up to now but Americans have had quite enough of fixers masquerading as saviours and wise men. Challengers to power for whom Homeland Security was founded that choose liberty over freedom will write the new history outing these dangerous charlatans. American potheads have pretty much worked it out and know the score, they’re a bong hit away from doing some thing.
High friends, in places!