Why is Francis Fukuyama considered an intellectual? Why is he considered an intellectual worth of praise, his opinion important?
I ask this not because I don’t know the answer, I do, and I’ll get to it, but because so many people seem to believe he is an intellectual.
Let me quote Francis Fukuyama himself, from “The End of History” for no words I could write could condemn him as well as his own:
What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.
Have more stupid words every been written? Probably, but these are certainly in contention. The stupidity was evident at the time (I heard the title, in my twenties, and knew immediately the author was a high functioning liar or a high functioning moron), and the piece should have been published only as a way of letting him drive a stake through his own heart, at which point he would slink of into well deserved obscurity, being sure to never show his face in learned society ever again, to spare himself the titters, coughs and awkward “oh, umm, hello”s.
Our system actively promotes people who will lie in the right way without even having to be told to and actively gets rid of anyone who is not a useful idiot – by which I mean anyone who does not tell the lies useful to the powers that be. (Well, they can tell the occasional truth, on the rare occasion when it is useful).
Still, Fukuyama at least made it look good. The newer generation, on both “left” and right barely even goes through the motions.