March 30th, 2018 I strongly recommend anyone stuck in the ‘end of history’ morass to get beyond historical materialism and Hegel and adopt my far superior method based on Kant’s original essay on h…
The question of the ‘end of history’ is not so simple as the parties to the debate might think: it is a queer discussion based on teleology while denying what is being said.
An older post: the ‘end of history’ confusion and its ideology
February 28th, 2017 Continue reading “Implying teleology while ‘mum’s the word’”
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”
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
Beyond pseudo-democracy…at the ‘end of history’ February 10th, 2018 One of the great ironies of the ‘end of history’ debate is that if we take its thesis seriously the directionality of history so …