Francis Fukuyama and the ‘absent left'
Whatever the (well deserved) derision heaped on the head of Francis Fukuyama for his ‘end of history' thesis, he has the merit of posing the big questions. In his ‘The Future of History' article (Foreign Affairs, Jan-Feb) he poses two big questions that are vital for Marxists: Is the neoliberal undermining of the social position of the employed working class and poorer sections of the middle class compatible with liberal democracy? and What explains what he calls the ‘absent left' – the lack in theory or practice of a powerful left/populist alternative to neoliberalism in a period of such drastic economic collapse and moral bankruptcy of the dominant neoliberal model?
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