In 1992, political theorist Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man, in which he argued the global proliferation of liberal democracy and free-market capitalism, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, signified the final phase in humanity’s sociocultural development.
With the dominance of liberal democratic governance around the world after communism’s fall, Fukuyama suggested we reached the “end point of mankind’s ideological evolution.” Effectively, every other form of government tried by a major power up to that point failed to secure the stability and consistent material prosperity that liberalism offered. Under the international liberal order, man’s rights appeared to be secure and the market met his basic needs.
Across the globe, man’s needs were being met, and he grew comfortable. He got complacent, and his spirit dulled.
The lack of significant ideological struggle — let’s face it, most opposition movements to liberal democracy are intellectual exercises, controlled opposition, crawling with federal agents, or about to implode due to poor central planning (re: CCP) — is reflected in popular culture.
Along with increasing ideological and economic global homogeneity and interdependence came cultural ubiquity that has…