Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Faster History

Twenty five years after Francis Fukuyama proclaimed the end of history, history appears to be speeding up. An interesting perspective from John McGinnis:

There are inherent tensions in liberal democracy that ensure that history continues. By protecting liberties, liberalism prioritizes individuals, while democracy necessarily prioritizes a collective right—the right of a people to govern themselves and impose obligations and indeed trench on the liberties of others. 
In a constitutional republic such as ours, we try to resolve that tension by permitting democracy for ordinary politics while enshrining rights that are beyond majority control. But even here with a constitution that has lasted for two hundred years the mixture is unstable. Just consider current conflict between campaign finance regulation and the First Amendment. Around the world the conflict is truly combustible.
And that's just in the liberal democracies. As for Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, Thailand...

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