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The End of the End of History

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At times it can be difficult for a book to reflect on the recent history and give it the necessary light and attention. This book does a great job of placing historical context and trends and applying it to today and the future. Well done.
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This ambitious book engages in a panoramic review and analysis of all the social, political and historical upheavals which have marked the period since the publication of Fukuyama’s best seller. According to the authors, Western liberal democracy and the neoliberal order which were the markers of the end of history are crumbling. They see this as a terminal disease defined by the acronym NOBS (Neoliberal Order Breakdown Syndrom) They also acknowledge regretfully the failure of the leftist movements to structure the chaotic landscape born from the 2008 crisis and from the current pandemic whose leaders (Corbyn, Sanders Lula) were set aside by the populist Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro…The role of corruption and the rejection of elites is explained as forming the basis of either a revival of the left or the advent of authoritarian regimes.
A significant flaw of this book for the independent-minded reader is its ideological bias and clear references to the theories of Picketty, Guilluy, and other thinkers on inequalities, anti-globalism identity, and peri-urban and localist issues. One would have wished that the critic of Fukuyama’s teleological proposal were mirrored by an acknowledgment of the inanity of Marxist eschatology and that, to the revival of the Marxist left clearly wished by the authors, were at least conceded that the news of the death of liberalism and democracy might be greatly exaggerated as well as that of politics. Politics is in the eyes of the authors a dirty word as it is almost always prefixed with ‘anti’ or ‘post’.
The believer in the Spenglerian  cyclicality of history will be awaiting the publication of the next Chapter which could be entitled “The death of the death of the death of history.”
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This dopey book was assembled by three faux scholars who have a podcast called "Aufhebunga Bunga" which presents far-left (radical?) ideas to its listeners. One need only examine "The End of the End of History's" Notes to realize that this is a very unserious effort. The authors cite The Guardian newspaper more often than any other source and their own podcast comes in second as their most referenced appeal to authority. Heck, they even cite the Jocoban magazine several times. They also regularly offered newspapers like the Daily Mail and the Washington Post which suggests that the authors did not dig very deep for their ideas or commentary. Skip this book but if you do decide to read you must gloss over Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. 
Even since the 2008 recession and the 2016 Brexit and Trump votes the far left has been fantasizing about a new workers' revolt which is total nonsense. One need only look at the US as a solid example as to why this will never occur. From 1967 till 2019 the well off (over $100,000 of income) in the US rose from just under 11% in 1967 to over 34% in 2019. During this same interval, the middle class ($35,000 to $100,000) in America fell from over 53% down to less than 41%, and the poor (less than $35,000) decreased from over 36% down to less than 26%. In short, everyone has been moving only steadily upward and there are no longer enough lower-paid workers available to stage a revolution. It is a simple matter of demographics -- neo-Marxism is dead! (All my statistics are from the US Census Bureau).
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