Francis Fukuyama Quotes

Who is Francis Fukuyama?

American political scientist and author of the book The End of History and the Last Man.

Born October 27, 1952

Best 12 Quotes by Francis Fukuyama

“Perhaps when you're young you think that something must be profound just because it is difficult and you don't have the self-confidence to say 'this is just nonsense'.”

“To truly esteem oneself means that one must be capable of feeling shame or self-disgust when one does not live up to a certain standard.”

The End of History and the Last Man Quotes

“Capitalism flourishes best in a mobile and egalitarian society.”

The End of History and the Last Man

“It was the slave's continuing desire for recognition that was the motor which propelled history forward, not the idle complacency and unchanging self-identity of the master.”

The End of History and the Last Man

“Men are made unhappy not because they fail to gratify some fixed set of desires, but by the gap that continually arises between new wants and their fulfillment.”

The End of History and the Last Man

“No man is a good judge in his own case.”

The End of History and the Last Man

“The nation will continue to be a central pole of identification, even if more and more nations come to share common economic and political forms of organization.”

The End of History and the Last Man

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The Origins of Political Order Quotes

“Free markets are necessary to promote long-term growth, but they are not self-regulating, particularly when it comes to banks and other large financial institutions.”

The Origins of Political Order

“Human beings are rule-following animals by nature; they are born to conform to the social norms they see around them, and they entrench those rules with often transcendent meaning and value. When the surrounding environment changes and new challenges arise, there is often a disjunction between existing institutions and present needs. Those institutions are supported by legions of entrenched stakeholders who oppose any fundamental change.”

The Origins of Political Order

“In China, once collective farms were disbanded in 1978 under the leadership of the reformer Deng Xiaoping, agricultural output doubled in the space of just four years.”

The Origins of Political Order

“Most people living in rich, stable developed countries have no idea how Denmark itself got to be Denmark — something that is true for many Danes as well. The struggle to create modern political institutions was so long and so painful that people living in industrialized countries now suffer from a historical amnesia regarding how their societies came to that point in the first place.”

The Origins of Political Order

“Politics emerges as a mechanism for controlling violence, yet violence constantly remains as a background condition for certain types of political change. Societies can get stuck in a dysfunctional institutional equilibrium, in which existing stakeholders can veto necessary institutional change. Sometimes violence or the threat of violence is necessary to break out of the equilibrium.”

The Origins of Political Order

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