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Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of American Purpose.

Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and director of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy program at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Fukuyama’s most recent book is Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018).

His two-volume analysis of political order—The Origins of Political Order and Political Order and Political Decay—appeared in 2011 and 2014. Other books include Our Posthuman Future (2000), The Great Disruption (1999), and Trust (1995).

His book The End of History and the Last Man (1992) has appeared in over twenty foreign editions.

Articles and Events

Global Governance?

Global Governance?

As I’ve laid out in recent posts, the state of California faces many self-imposed obstacles in meeting the challenges posed by a changing climate. Its governance rules create what amounts to a vetocracy, where well-organized interest groups or even single wealthy individuals can block collective action meant to serve

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California Dreaming II:  Democracy and Vetocracy

California Dreaming II: Democracy and Vetocracy

Besides recalls, initiatives, and referenda, there is another California law that contributes mightily to the state’s inability to govern itself, which is CEQA—the California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970, that was designed to create procedures for evaluating and mitigating the environmental effects of projects in the state.

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A Clear and Present Danger

A Clear and Present Danger

American Purpose was founded to defend classical liberalism. The latter has been under attack in recent years from both the right and the left. On the right, the threat comes from the populist-nationalist Right, no more so than in the United States itself at the hands of Donald Trump and

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California Dreaming

California Dreaming

So Gavin Newsom, governor of California, has survived the recall attempt this past Tuesday by a very substantial margin, and can return to worrying about issues like wildfires, drought, insufficient housing, high cost of living, and the like. The recall provisions in California’s state constitution, along with ballot initiatives

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9/11’s Long Shadow

9/11’s Long Shadow

Radical Islamism never emerged as the mortal threat we feared after the attacks twenty years ago.

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Epistemic Relativism

Epistemic Relativism

I happened to read two books over the summer that were very helpful in thinking through the cognitive crisis we are facing as a result of the rise of the internet and populist politics. The first was Jonathan Rauch’s Constitution of Knowledge, which came out in June, and the

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20/20 Hindsight

20/20 Hindsight

I have to admit that I’ve gotten pretty annoyed at a lot of the punditry surrounding the terrible events accompanying the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. There are many things to legitimately complain about, particularly the Biden Administration’s failure to anticipate and plan against a rapid regime collapse, and

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Crimea Platform

Crimea Platform

Today marks the launch of the Crimea Platform, an initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to highlight Russia’s continuing illegal annexation of Crimea, and to demonstrate that the world has not forgotten about it. The Platform itself will not, of course, do

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