Kant, origins of ‘end of history’ meme, and the place of free agency

The strangest part of the ‘end of history’ confusion is that it points to something real but in a form that has suffered hopeless confusion of terms. From garbled hegel to leftist then rightist meme juggling the crypto-teleological term that came into being has courted pseudo-science, ideological tug of war, and neo-liberal apotheosis. Continue reading “Kant, origins of ‘end of history’ meme, and the place of free agency”

Fukuyama’s argument backfires

March  29th, 2017 ·

We discussed Fukuyama ’s argument yesterday and h ere is the core of the fallacious argument. He has missed the point of Hegel but even if we accepted his Hegelian metaphysics it would not necessarily follow that liberal democracy represents any endpoint.

The  whole  idea  originally  was  surely  pace  Kojeve  at  al,  indeed  Marx,  that  very  simply  liberal democracy was too imperfect to be this ‘end of history’ and that a form of communism could achieve the correction to produce real democracy. Here the Bolshevik example totally confused the issue, it must be admitted.

Our discussion of ‘Kant’s challenge’ and the idea of progress toward a perfect civil constitution is a better formulation: we can see that beyond liberal democracy lie any number of systems that could improve on the confusion created by so-called liberal democracy as a cover for capitalism.

Why use Hegel at all? It is a mystification of metaphysics where our eonic model shows clearly the directionality of a freedom effect in world history.

Source: Was Francis Fukuyama the first man to see Trump com ing? | Aeon Essays