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His paternal grandfather fled the Russo-Japanese War in and started a shop on the west coast before being interned in the Second World War. Fukuyama received his Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Cornell University , where he studied political philosophy under Allan Bloom.

Huntington and Harvey Mansfield , among others. He earned his Ph. Writings[ edit ] Fukuyama is best known as the author of The End of History and the Last Man , in which he argued that the progression of human history as a struggle between ideologies is largely at an end, with the world settling on liberal democracy after the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in Fukuyama predicted the eventual global triumph of political and economic liberalism: What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such Authors like Ralf Dahrendorf argued in that the essay gave Fukuyama his 15 minutes of fame , which will be followed by a slide into obscurity.

They are often media stars who are eaten up and spat out after their 15 minutes. But he has lasted. Postmodernism, which, by this time, had become embedded in the cultural consciousness, offered no hope and nothing to sustain a necessary sense of community, instead relying only on lofty intellectual premises.

In the latter, he qualified his original "end of history" thesis, arguing that since biotechnology increasingly allows humans to control their own evolution , it may allow humans to alter human nature , thereby putting liberal democracy at risk.

He is a fierce enemy of transhumanism , an intellectual movement asserting that posthumanity is a desirable goal. In another work, The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstruction of Social Order, Fukuyama explores the origins of social norms, and analyses the current disruptions in the fabric of our moral traditions, which he considers as arising from a shift from the manufacturing to the information age.

This shift is, he thinks, normal and will prove self-correcting, given the intrinsic human need for social norms and rules. In , in America at the Crossroads , Fukuyama discusses the history of neoconservatism, with particular focus on its major tenets and political implications.

He outlines his rationale for supporting the Bush administration, as well as where he believes it has gone wrong. In , Fukuyama published the book Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States, which resulted from research and a conference funded by Grupo Mayan to gain understanding on why Latin America, once far wealthier than North America, fell behind in terms of development in only a matter of centuries.

Discussing this book at a conference, Fukuyama outlined his belief that inequality within Latin American nations is a key impediment to growth. An unequal distribution of wealth, he stated, leads to social upheaval, which then results in stunted growth.

Bush after the September 11, attacks that suggested the U. He believes that the Iraq War was being blundered. From the very beginning showing a negative attitude toward the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations and not seeing that it would increase anti-Americanism in other countries Misjudging what was needed to bring peace in Iraq and being overly optimistic about the success with which social engineering of western values could be applied to Iraq and the Middle East in general.

Fukuyama believes the US has a right to promote its own values in the world, but more along the lines of what he calls "realistic Wilsonianism ", with military intervention only as a last resort and only in addition to other measures.

A latent military force is more likely to have an effect than actual deployment. The US should instead stimulate political and economic development and gain a better understanding of what happens in other countries.

The best instruments are setting a good example and providing education and, in many cases, money. The secret of development, be it political or economic, is that it never comes from outsiders, but always from people in the country itself. One thing the US proved to have excelled in during the aftermath of World War II was the formation of international institutions. A return to support for these structures would combine American power with international legitimacy.

But such measures require a lot of patience. This is the central thesis of his work America at the Crossroads. In a essay in The New York Times Magazine strongly critical of the invasion, he identified neoconservatism with Leninism. He wrote that neoconservatives: [31] believed that history can be pushed along with the right application of power and will.

Leninism was a tragedy in its Bolshevik version, and it has returned as farce when practiced by the United States. Neoconservatism, as both a political symbol and a body of thought, has evolved into something I can no longer support.

Fukuyama announced the end of the neoconservative moment and argued for the demilitarization of the War on Terrorism : [31] [W]ar is the wrong metaphor for the broader struggle, since wars are fought at full intensity and have clear beginnings and endings. Meeting the jihadist challenge is more of a "long, twilight struggle" [quoting John F.

Fukuyama endorsed Barack Obama in the US presidential election. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term.

But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would be a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.

In a interview with New Statesman , when asked about his views on the resurgence of socialist politics in the United States and the United Kingdom, he responded: [33] It all depends on what you mean by socialism. If you mean redistributive programmes that try to redress this big imbalance in both incomes and wealth that has emerged then, yes, I think not only can it come back, it ought to come back.

At this juncture, it seems to me that certain things Karl Marx said are turning out to be true. He talked about the crisis of overproduction… that workers would be impoverished and there would be insufficient demand.

He is currently chairman of the editorial board. He is now a member of the Board of Trustees. They served together in the State Department in the s.

Fukuyama is on the executive board of the Inter-American Dialogue. Personal life[ edit ] Fukuyama is a part-time photographer. He also has a keen interest in early-American furniture , which he reproduces by hand.

They live in California, with their three children, Julia, David, and John. He is the first cousin to crime novelist Joe Ide. Francis helped him get his first book published.


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