On Wednesday, May 13, TAI hosted a Zoom discussion with Francis Fukuyama about how the coronavirus might impact our politics. Due to a technical error, we were unable to stream the conversation live; the following is a transcript of the conversation as it occurred.
The authors of “The End of History” and “Reading Lolita in Tehran” discuss coronavirus, Iran, James Baldwin, campus culture, and why imagination and literature are essential to combatting authoritarianism.
The defining feature of the impeachment hearings has been an inability to agree on the contours of reality—which bodes ill for the future of liberal democracy. In the new print issue, Susan B. Glasser and David J. Kramer talk democracy in the age of Trump. Also in the issue: the China challenge, plus race, culture, and identity in America.
History is directional and progressive, and the modernization process points to liberal democracy as its fullest embodiment. But getting there is harder than it seemed back in 1992, and the possibility of institutional decay is ever-present.