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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

The Basic Idea


The End of History and the Last Man

Francis Fukuyama




If I snapped my fingers and got rid of all authorities, you'd be free (at least in one sense). For a few minutes, anyway, until new powers filled the vacuum.

If I understand this thing called 'liberal democracy,' it's a state with the least power required to limit petty authorities -- business owners, presidents of garden clubs -- (and rival states) from growing to entities capable of violating human rights.

Feedback from the majority allows the government to tune itself over time, and frames a claim to legitimate rule.