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The End of the End of History: Politics in the 21st Century

by Alex Hochuli Author, George Hoare Author and Philip Cunliffe Author

In this timely and incisive book, authors Alex Hochuli, George Hoare, and Phillip Cunliffe revisit Francis Fukuyama's proposition that liberal democracy is necessarily the final evolutionary phase of government. In the midst of rising authoritarianism across the West, the spread of an outraged anti-politics, and widespread contempt for the elites that have run the various ships of state aground, liberal democracy is certainly already in crisis if it is not actively disintegrating. The political class is determined to blame this crisis on 'populism,' Putin, Facebook, the voters... really anyone but themselves, and it doesn't seem like they're going to get the message anytime soon. Culled from conversations that have taken place over the years on the popular Aufhebunga Bunga global politics podcast, The End of the End of History traces the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis and the various and ongoing impacts it has had on the Western world. From Trump, to Brexit, to the Gilets Jaunes movement in France, the neoliberal order has been crumbling for years. The pandemic has put the final nail in its coffin, and accordingly in Fukuyama's theory. A wild ride of a read, and an important book for understanding the political precipice on which we find ourselves.