Breviosity on Fukuyama
Dr Martin Hewson over at Breviosity posted a link to my series of posts on Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order last week. He himself has written a review of Fukuyama, which makes several interesting points from a perspective sympathetic to a biological/evolutionary account of politics. It seems we’re in agreement that Fukuyama’s account of the emergence of political modernity places a strong emphasis on path-dependence and long-term divergence between major civilisational areas. As Hewson notes, this created some difficulties for Fukuyama’s previous claim that liberal democracy can be expected to be embraced throughout the world:
The problem of political development Fukuyama phrases as the question of how to get from Somalia to Denmark. At the beginning of the book, Fukuyama promises that he will be supplying an answer. But by the end of the book we are left wondering if the answer he implicitly supplies is: the best way to get to a Demark is not to start in a Somalia.