Francis Fukuyama on the War in Ukraine, Authoritarianism, and Liberal Democracy
Conversations with Bill Kristol
Eleven months into the war, where do things stand in Ukraine? What does the West need to do to help Ukraine win? What lessons can we draw from the war about the ambitions of authoritarians, the resolve of liberal democracies today, and the most pressing geopolitical challenges we face?To discuss these questions, Bill Kristol is joined by Francis Fukuyama, the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, who has led important efforts in education and civil society in Ukraine over the last decade. According to Fukuyama, we are in the midst of a difficult moment in the war. Nonetheless, he argues, the fundamental dynamics remain unchanged: Ukraine can win if it receives adequate military and financial support from the West. Fukuyama argues that Ukraine’s impressive performance and Russia’s weakness should force us to confront and reassess the fashionable narrative of pessimism about liberal democracies. The war, as well as other recent developments, has revealed the reserves of strength and resilience in liberal democracies, while the weaknesses of strong states such as Russia and China have become more apparent. This assessment is not one of complacency. Rather, Fukuyama points to the high stakes of the war—and the importance of strengthening our resolve to defend free countries against authoritarian threats.
How robust is liberal democracy worldwide? Why do authoritarian countries like China, Iran and Russia seem to be struggling right now? How safe is democracy in the developed world? Francis Fukuyama joins the podcast to discuss how the ideas from his book 'The End of History' apply to what we're seeing in geopolitics today. We discuss what capital-H History is really about, whether neoliberalism is to blame for the rise of authoritarianism in recent decades, the contradictions that give strong states inherent weaknesses, and what he's watching for to see if the world might experience another wave of democratization. Recommended Reading: American Purpose - https://www.americanpurpose.com/ Persuasion - https://www.persuasion.community/ The UnPopulist - https://www.theunpopulist.net/ Frankly Fukuyama - https://www.americanpurpose.com/topics/frankly-fukuyama/ To make sure you hear every episode, join our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/neoliberalproject. Patrons get access to exclusive bonus episodes, our sticker-of-the-month club, and our insider Slack. Become a supporter today! Got questions for the Neoliberal Podcast? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us at: https://twitter.com/ne0liberal https://www.instagram.com/neoliberalproject/ https://www.twitch.tv/neoliberalproject Join a local chapter at https://cnliberalism.org/become-a-member/
This week we spotlight our most popular episode of the last year, Sam's conversation with Francis Fukuyama about his book Liberalism and its Discontents. He tells Sam how a system that has built peace and prosperity since the Enlightenment has come under attack from the neoliberal right and the identitarian left; and how Vladimir Putin may end up being the unwitting founding father of a new Ukraine.
'Liberalism and Its Discontents’ with Francis Fukuyama
Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast
Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World survey notes that liberalism has rapidly declined each year for the last 16 years. And its precipitous downturn is more evident now than ever amid waning respect for individual rights, increased growth of autocracies and most recently in the seismic Russian invasion of Ukraine. Decades ago, political scientist and professor Francis Fukuyama was one of the preeminent scholars to predict the marked impending fall of liberal societies. He serves as a senior fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and is a bestselling author of numerous books, including one published in March 2022 aptly titled, “Liberalism and Its Discontents.” He joins WITHpod to discuss why liberalism doesn’t always live up to its own principles, challenges from the right and the left and why our democracy will be under continued threat without a revitalized approach to its core tenets.
Liberalism And Its Discontents With Francis Fukuyama + The Baby Formula Shortage
Francis Fukuyama is an American political scientist and author, notably of The End of History (1992) and Trust: Social Virtues and Creation of Prosperity (1995).Now, in his new book, he offers liberalism as a solution to our current problems of social bifurcation, if paired with other functional institutions of a democracy.Bethany and Luigi sit down with Fukuyama to understand: What does liberalism even mean? What are its excesses and its critiques from the progressive left? How dependent is it on traditional notions of growth and prosperity, and can it be implemented effectively in an unequal society?
Liberalism and Individual Autonomy: With Francis Fukuyama
The Michael Steele Podcast
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama joins The Michael Steele Podcast to discuss his new book, "Liberalism and Its Discontents." Michael and Professor Fukuyama discuss current manifestations of liberalism— the ideology that government should have limited power— and how liberalism has moved toward neoliberalism. The conversation touches on alternatives to liberalism, how liberalism ties into today's fight for individual autonomy and the ways in which tech platforms have worked to undermine liberalism.Check out the book here:https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374606718/liberalismanditsdiscontents
Is Liberalism Obsolete? With Francis Fukuyama and John Gray
Following the fall of communism in 1989, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama shot to fame with his thesis about the ‘end of history’ – the idea that the entire world was set on a path towards universal liberalism. But 30 years on, liberalism is under attack from both the Right and the Left – and from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Professor Fukuyama was joined in conversation by John Gray, the British political philosopher, who rejects the idea of a universal momentum towards liberal values and human progress. Despite the view of many that the Russian invasion of Ukraine marks the end of the post-Cold War era, Fukuyama believes that it is a wake-up call for the West to rekindle the spirit of 1989, while Gray holds that the idea that liberalism will ever triumph is a mirage. Chairing the discussion is the journalist, author and broadcaster, Helen Lewis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Francis Fukuyama on the war in Ukraine, liberalism and democracies under threat
Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Francis Fukuyama is a political scientist and professor at Stanford University. Francis is known for his book, 'The End of History and the Last Man', but he recently published a new book 'Liberalism and its Discontents’. He joins Krishnan to talk about the war in Ukraine, liberalism and whether democracy is under threat in today’s world. Producer: Freya Pickford
Downstream: Liberalism is in Trouble w/ Francis Fukuyama
Few political thinkers exert such influence that their work becomes synonymous with a historic era. Francis Fukuyama’s declaration of “the end of history” after the fall of the Soviet Union made him one of those thinkers – but 30 years on, has he reassessed his own claim? And what events since then have shaken his faith in conservatism? Aaron Bastani speaks to Fukuyama on the publication of his new book, Liberalism and its Discontents.