Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Francis Fukuyama: The Left and Right Against Classical Liberalism

Francis Fukuyama, author of Liberalism and Its Discontents, The End of History and the Last Man, and Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, joins The Realignment to discuss the emerging challenges to Classical Liberalism from the left and right, why the war in Ukraine could revive the spirit of 1989’s political revolutions at the end of the Cold War, and how to overcome cynicism about democracy. 0:00 – Introduction 2:48 – Francis’s take on Ukraine 9:06 – The left’s critique of liberalism 18:22 – The right’s critique of liberalism 22:26 – Consensus in a society 26:02 – Democracy in America right now 29:22 – Populism 39:40 – The imaginary & real problems in America 45:51 – American vs. Chinese COVID policy 48:39 – Authoritarianism vs. Liberalism 53:43 – Looking back at history for answers

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