The American Conservative website now has my entire review of Francis Fukuyama’s new magnum opus. Here’s another excerpt:
In Fukuyamaâs 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 âpolitical decay” — it is human nature to favor your kin.
Fukuyama cites evolutionary theorist William D. Hamiltonâs famous 1964 papers quantifying âkin selection.â Back in the 1950s, biologist J.B.S. Haldane had quipped that while he wouldnât give up his life for his brother, he would for more than two brothers or eight first cousins....Full review >>