Hoping against hope for Iranian democracy
Society may have reached "the end of history," Francis Fukayama proclaimed in 1992. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the trend seemed clear: Even the world's totalitarian states were evolving in the direction of Western liberal democracy, the "final form of human government."
But the years since 1992 haven't offered much support for Fukayama's thesis.
Or have they?
As Iranians take to the streets, Americans can see that there's power in Fukayama's idea yet.