OP-ED: History never sleeps

It’s just one thing after another

Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis always struck me as more clickbait than substance. The big idea in his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man was that Western-led liberal capitalist democracy is the end point in humanity’s search for the perfect form of government.

Much-quoted by people seeking to justify the global dominance of the West, this core idea had little actual history to back it up. No doubt, the implosion of the Soviet Union and the demonstration of US firepower in the Gulf war of 1991 to…

NIAZ ALAM is London Bureau Chief of Dhaka Tribune. Hon. Secretary of the Foreign Press Association in 2018 and 2019, see niazalam.com, follow @ESGBangladesh

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