A guy called Francis Fukuyama recently wrote an article in the New York Times (warning: it’s long with a lot of words) about the end of neoconservatism in the US…and how the US needed to revisit it’s foreign policy approach.
He also wrote a book called The End of History and the Last Man which basically said capitalism is the end game….because it’s the last man standing…now that communism has failed. That there will be no further economic world views.
“What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” (quoted from “The End of History?”, 1989)
Could I offer a couple of other options:
- a ‘star trek’ world where no one seems to use money – yet all needs are catered for and everyone seems gainfully employed
- a ‘christian utopian’ world where capitalism is an underlying
‘market process’ but self-sacrifice, generous giving and unconditional
love drive the true economic distribution of wealth. This world will
see orphans living in mansions and the sick in 5 star hotels.
Jesus says that love will win people over. In Iraq the neoconservatives talked about the “coalition of the willing”. I always thought that a “coalition of the self-sacrificing and loving” would see respect, love and peace in that (and any) part of the world – more so than force.
This applies to Iraq, the projects of Chicago, the cold streets of a Sydney night, and the warm but lonely homes of the middle class.
I don’t want to sound like a hippy but in the end love will win…so it’s got to be the end game.