- Dec 2021
Let’s consider a fairly random example of one of these generalistaccounts, Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order: FromPrehuman Times to the French Revolution (2011). Here isFukuyama on what he feels can be taken as received wisdom aboutearly human societies: ‘In its early stages human politicalorganization is similar to the band-level society observed in higherprimates like chimpanzees,’ which Fukuyama suggests can beregarded as ‘a default form of social organization’.
The answer to my earlier question: They are taking Fukuyama and others to task here.
One should note that even among our primate cousins, there are a variety of social structures and social norms beyond only the chimpanzees. Folks forget about the differing structures of animals like bonobos which show much different structures.
One thing that will quickly become clear is that theprevalent ‘big picture’ of history – shared by modern-day followers ofHobbes and Rousseau alike – has almost nothing to do with thefacts.
It's in my reading pile, but is this aimed at political theorists like Francis Fukuyama and his two volume tome of political history in the last decade?
- Sep 2021
Africa had a kind of feudalism, like Europe based on agriculture, and withhierarchies of lords and vassals. But African feudalism did not come, as didEurope’s, out of the slave societies of Greece and Rome, which had destroyedancient tribal life. In Africa, tribal life was still powerful, and some of itsbetter features—a communal spirit, more kindness in law and punishment—still existed.
Francis Fukuyama is still fermenting in my reading pile, but I wonder how he covers these political transitions?
I'm curious about descriptions of the law and punishment practiced in these societies. Was there more sense of restorative justice?
- Aug 2021
Fukuyama's work, which draws on both competition analysis and an assessment of threats to democracy, joins a growing body of proposals that also includes Mike Masnick's "protocols not platforms," Cory Doctorow's "adversarial interoperability," my own "Magic APIs," and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's "algorithmic choice."
Nice overview of work in the space for fixing monopoly in social media space the at the moment. I hadn't heard about Fukuyama or Daphne Keller's versions before.
I'm not sure I think Dorsey's is actually a thing. I suspect it is actually vaporware from the word go.
IndieWeb has been working slowly at the problem as well.
Francis Fukuyama has called "middleware": content-curation services that could give users more control over the material they see on internet platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
- adversarial interoperability
- Francis Fukuyama
- government regulation
- First Amendment
- Mike Masnick
- social media
- algorithmic choice
- algorithmic feeds
- freedom of speech
- Magic APIs
- Oct 2020
The other reason I am writing it, however, is that I know that many of my fellow exvies have, like me, struggled for years to make an open break with their families because of the pressure to conform that comes from inherently abusive fundamentalist socialization.
Some of this reminds me of the insularity and abusive practices of the Hasidim in the recent documentary One of Us. I think there are more pockets of people living like this than most people admit or we as a society should allow.
I also think there's a link to Fukuyama's growth of politics here which is highlighted by Jonah Goldberg's Suicide of the West.
- Aug 2018
How does he do it?Not well.
Now I have to read it.
The demand for recognition, Fukuyama says, is the “master concept”
ukuyama thinks he knows what that something is, and his answer is summed up in the title of his new book, “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
Get a copy of this to read.
Fukuyama’s article could thus be seen as a bookend to Kennan’s.