Political scientist Francis Fukuyama, who once hailed political and economic liberalism as “the end of history,” now seems to acknowledge that, perhaps, humanity’s ideological development is cyclical in nature. COVID-19 is the kind of crisis which reshapes the world, Fukuyama suggests in this Foreign Affairs article. The sweeping socioeconomic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have the power to revive political trends that dominated world history in the past – particularly fascism. Anyone interested in the possible long-term consequences of COVID-19 will want to read Fukuyama’s essay.
About the Author
Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and the author of Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.