Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama

Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition

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Sun 14 October 2018

Francis Fukuyama

Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition

Francis Fukuyama
Sun 14 October 2018,

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Francis Fukuyama saw our current crisis coming. In 2014, he wrote that American and global institutions were in disarray and too weak to withstand the capture of the state by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threaten to destabilise the entire international order.

The demands of identity direct much of what is going on in world politics today. Anti-immigrant populism, the fractious environment of many college campuses and the re-emergence of white nationalism – all these are rooted in challenges to the universal recognition that is the basis of democracy. Too many now gravitate towards restrictive forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race or ethnicity.

Fukuyama traces the development of identity from Plato, through Locke and Rousseau to modern gender politics. He draws on this history to deliver a sharp warning: unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we are doomed to endure continual conflict.

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