Magazine article New Internationalist

After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads

Magazine article New Internationalist

After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads

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After The Neocons America at the Crossroads by Francis Fukuyama (Profile Books, ISBN 13 978 186197 922 3)

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Francis Fukuyama built his reputation as a pundit on a single notion: with the collapse of communism, history was 'at an end'. Henceforth, everything would be one long worldwide acquiescence to American values and American priorities. This 'philosophy' gained Fukuyama entry into the exclusive cabal of right-wing theorists who set the agenda for the Bush Presidency.

Unfortunately, history has wilfully disobeyed Fukuyama: 9/11, the bloody shambles of the Iraq invasion, the rise of radical Islam and the resurgence of Latin American independence have trashed his arrogant assertion of US 'benevolent hegemony'.

Nothing daunted, though, Fukuyama has counter-attacked, turning on his erstwhile Administration allies. Neocon policy has, he argues, been disastrously misapplied by the likes of Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz. However, world opinion can be won over by the application of his new theory, modestly dubbed 'Realistic Wilsonianism'. …

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