America Abroad: The Beginning of Nonsense

The Beginning of Nonsense

The emergence of a Solidarity Prime Minister in Poland is only the latest they-said-it-couldn't-happen event in the Communist world. Confronted with so much that was so recently unthinkable, some Western intellectuals are showing signs of giddiness bordering on nuttiness.

The summer issue of the neoconservative quarterly National Interest carries an article titled "The End of History?" After 16 densely argued pages, the hedging question mark is all but forgotten, by reader and author alike. History, in the view of Francis Fukuyama, was a Manichaean struggle between ! the forces of light and darkness. The bad guys -- first fascists, now Communists...

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