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Francis Fukuyama

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What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history|, but the end of history as such That is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.

 
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The most widely discussed formulation of [the One World model] was the "end of history" thesis advanced by Francis Fukuyama. "We may be witnessing, Fukuyama argued, " the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government."  The future will be devoted not to great exhilarating struggles over ideas but rather to resolving mundane economic and technical problems. And, he concluded rather sadly, it will all be rather boring. (P. 31)

 
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