Francis Fukuyama's History of the World, Part II

The American Conservative website now has my entire review of Francis Fukuyama’s new magnum opus. Here’s another excerpt:

In Fukuyama’s telling, The Origins of Political Order is a landmark work of political science because this book finally recognizes that — although he deplores nepotism as leading to “political decay” — it is human nature to favor your kin. 

Fukuyama cites evolutionary theorist William D. Hamilton’s famous 1964 papers quantifying “kin selection.” Back in the 1950s, biologist J.B.S. Haldane had quipped that while he wouldn’t give up his life for his brother, he would for more than two brothers or eight first cousins....

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Jun 7th 2011
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