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Francis Fukuyama's passion for democracy seems to have deserted him

Copenhagen: "How do we get to Denmark?" © Mstyslav Chernov

The End of History and the Last Man, the book that made Francis Fukuyama’s reputation as a political thinker, was a product of its moment. Published in 1992, and based on an essay from 1989, it captured the heady, world-historical optimism that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet empire. With the disappearance of communism as a credible form of government, liberal democracy had triumphed over its last philosophical rival. What had…

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