The political scientist Francis Fukuyama became world famous with the debut book The End of History and the Last Male (1992). The title was read literally and misunderstood by many. Fukuyama did not believe that history was over in a postmodernist sense, but that the ideological struggle was over: The Future belonged to the liberal democracy. Fukuyama has published a dozen books today, and the social economist and the idea historian Mathilde Fasting in this book gives an introduction to the authorship mainly through interviews she herself and others have done with Fukuyama.
Fukuyama operates with three criteria for why democracies are an ideal to strive for: First, it is not possible to think of a system that is fundamentally different from democracy and which at the same time provides a better political organization. Second, there are no contradictions that the democratic system cannot resolve. Third, democracy satisfies and confirms human needs better than other systems.
Central to a modern democracy is a well-developed use of science and technology that forms the basis for industry and economic development, and recognition. . .