keywords: Francis Fukuyama

  • AUSTRALIA

    The dawning of the Age of Unpleasantness

    • Brian Matthews
    • 28 February 2014
    7 Comments

    Joe Hockey's idea of an age of entitlement is shallow and facile. Announcing the end of an 'age' is just another way of obscuring the truth that you haven't the faintest idea what the hell is going on, or that you suspect what's going on but not how to influence, redirect or stop it. So you fall back on this persuasive notion of a great shift in the times. The next 'age' for those whose entitlement is disappearing will be marked by unpleasantness.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    History continues in Egypt and Libya

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 13 March 2011
    6 Comments

    Political and social ideas are a means of conceptualising people's inner urgings and desires. Does the movement towards political change in the Middle East constitute an 'absolute moment' which forecasts the realisation of democratic governments across the Arab world?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The roots of American arrogance

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 01 October 2010
    9 Comments

    America has grown so used to triumphing in the conflicts of the 1990s that mere stasis is now easily viewed as retreat. But from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama, each time America has become blind to the limitations of its power, it has been wrenched back to reality by failure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Grandeur and banality as Obama ascends

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 21 January 2009
    4 Comments

    One reporter described the crowd gathered for the inauguration as a 'mass of humanity' with 'children living their history'. How Obama's leadership takes shape will be a point of curiosity and perhaps a dread. But in searching for consensus, Obama has started well.

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  • RELIGION

    Why militant anti-theism is a God-send

    • Scott Stephens
    • 18 May 2007
    26 Comments

    The term “atheist” seems too respectable for the position occupied by commentators such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. They are anti-theists, opposed in principle to every last attachment to the divine, leading many to accuse them of a kind of inverted fundamentalism that lacks the core modern virtue of tolerance or respect for others.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Biotech revolution promises to alter human nature

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 24 December 2006

    The most significant threat posed by contemporary biotechnology is the possibility that it will alter human nature—and thereby move us into what Fukuyama calls a "post human" stage of history. From 14 November 2006.

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  • RELIGION

    Throw out the baby, keep the bathwater

    • Scott Stephens
    • 11 December 2006
    2 Comments

    Instead of all those Baroque paintings of the baby Jesus in arms, the work of art that best captures the spirit of Christianity is arguably Andres Serrano's controversial Piss Christ.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Biotech revolution promises to alter human nature

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 13 November 2006
    4 Comments

    The most significant threat posed by contemporary biotechnology is the possibility that it will alter human nature—and thereby move us into what Fukuyama calls a "post human" stage of history.

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