Evening talk

Monday 15 October 2018


Francis Fukuyama

Identity Politics

Identity politics is now entrenched on both sides of the political spectrum.

On the left it proliferates into ever-expanding categories, and new forms of exclusion. Outsiders are not allowed to share in the knowledge possessed by a group, because to do so is seen as cultural appropriation.

The idea of universal human rights has been replaced by the demand for ‘recognition’ – not for inclusion within the fold, but for acknowledgment of group identity as the right to assert and maintain difference.

On the right, political tribalism in America has mobilized around the idea of whites as an endangered group, faced by the bleak demographic prospect of becoming a minority in their ‘own country’.

Join us – in conjunction with the How To Academy – and discover from Francis Fukuyama: is there still time to restore the dream of universal recognition and equality of rights upon which liberal democracy was founded?

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

He is best known for his book, The End of History and the Last Man (1992), which argued that we may be reaching  “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

He received his BA from Cornell University and his PhD from Harvard. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. He previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.

"Identity" is an urgent and necessary book―a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.