The End of the Liberal Tradition?

A NEW PAPER SUGGESTS YOUNG AMERICANS ARE GIVING UP ON DEMOCRACY

About twenty-five years ago, The National Interest published “The End of History?”— Francis Fukuyama’s extremely influential article arguing that liberal democracy had defeated all rivals and become the only plausible form of politics for the nations of the world. Agreement had been reached, wrote Fukuyama, on the essential features of good government: rule of the people, tempered by a robust commitment to civil liberties; civilian control of the military; market economics; and free trade among nations. These ideas had shown themselves the guarantors of peace and prosperity, and it was only a matter of time before states everywhere endorsed them.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    “Men are tired of liberty.” – Mussolini

  • simus1

    The only thing some “young Americans” have proven is that being taught to be stupid and being taught to be evil are comparatively simple tasks if the state decides it is a prime objective. History repeats itself in different places in different times.

  • Oracle9

    We have only to look at the results of the last Canadian and American elections to illustrate that a brainwashed or dependent public can turn democracy into a polite form of mob rule. An aptitude test or a taxpayer’s list to qualify for voting in elections would be more appropriate.