Francis Fukuyama

(Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama)

Francis Fukuyama
Francis Fukuyama
  • Born: October 27, 1952
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Economist

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Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist, political economist, and author. Fukuyama is known for his book The End of History and the Last Man (1992), which argued that the worldwide spread of liberal democracies and free market capitalism of the West and its lifestyle may signal the end point of humanity's sociocultural evolution and become the final form of human government. However, his subsequent book Trust: Social Virtues and Creation of Prosperity (1995) modified his earlier position to acknowledge that culture cannot be cleanly separated from economics. Fukuyama is also associated with the rise of the neoconservative movement, from which he has since distanced himself.

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American interests dictate that we teach other peoples to govern themselves. Democracies & Republics
Conflicts that in Sweden and Japan would be solved by quiet consultations … through the bureaucracy are fought out through formal litigation in the American court system. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Continued legitimacy for today's democracies will depend on their 'being able to maintain an adequate balance between strong state action when necessary and the kinds of individual freedoms that are the basis of... democratic legitimacy and that foster private-sector growth.'
Continued legitimacy for today's democracies will depend on their 'being able to maintain an adequate balance between strong state action when necessary and the kinds of individual freedoms that are the basis of... democratic legitimacy and that foster private-sector growth.'
Democracy really depends not only on not just having a middle class but having wealth distributed relatively evenly across the society so that people buy into the legitimacy of the system Democracies & Republics
In our political system it’s easier to block action than to act. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It’s the confrontation with modernity that produces terrorism. Terrorism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Latin America was born with a birth defect: a highly unequal initial distribution of resources that dates back to the colonial era. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Oligarchic societies may be able to achieve high rates of growth for a period of time, but continuing inequities in distribution lead to political instability and populism. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The chief threats to security come from failed states. Defense & National Security
The financial rewards of economic change have accrued disproportionately to the most talented and well-educated members of society. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The United States must create a permanent nation-building agency. Management & Managing Government
Today, no country can ever truly cut itself off from the global media or from external sources of information. Trends that start in one corner of the world are rapidly replicated thousands of miles away. Media, Journalism & The Press
I'm a tenured professor. But I'd get rid of tenure.
I'm basically an optimist because I do think there's this historical modernisation process, and by and large it's been very beneficial to people. But there are blips. History doesn't proceed in a linear way. History
In general, Americans are not very good at nation-building and not very good colonialists.
I've always had a Marxist understanding of history: democracy is a result of a broad modernization process that happens in every country. Neocons think the use of political power can force the pace of change, but ultimately it depends on societies doing it themselves. Power ;History
I've figured out in the course of my life that the one thing I'm good at doing is writing books, and it would be crazy to trade that in for something else. Life
The rationale for tenure is still valid. But the system has turned the academy into one of the most conservative and costly institutions in the country. Yes, conservative: Economists joke that their discipline advances one funeral at a time, but many fields must wait for wholesale generational turnover before new approaches take hold. Time

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